Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)  
  Title: Nara Kōfuku temple  
  Size: 39.2 x 25.7 cm (dai ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Koitsu Nara Kofukuji


Watermark in upper left-hand margin corner consisting of the kanji 土 pronounced as do - the first character of the publisher’s name Doi (土井) - located in the center of a surrounding circle.

Print title and original publishing date in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ryō good Nara
fuku blessing Kōfuku
ji temple temple
shō clear  
wa peace  
ni two Made in
nen year the 6th month of
roku six the 12th year of
gatsu month the Shōwa era
saku make (i.e., June 1937)

Publisher seal K33-DG-Yo-Hd (see Walker and Doi, 2008) in left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
han edition  
ken right  
sho place  
have All rights reserved
do earth  
i a well Doi
han printing block  
ga picture  
ten shop Hangaten

Followed by seals with surnames of printer Yokoi (横井) Giichi (義一) and carver Harada (原田) Kametarō (亀太郎) in katakana:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
suri printer Printer:
i   Yokoi
hori carver Carver:
da   Harada

These seals indicate that this copy of the print was produced somewhere between 1950 and 1963.

Artist’s name in bottom right-hand corner of the print area, together with red Shin seal:

Koitsu Shin Seal

in which the three kanji read:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
itsu diverge Kōitsu
shin true true


Provenance: An auction held in December 2013 by the Floating World gallery

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