Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)  
  Title: Nezu Shrine  
  Size: 36.3 x 24.3 cm (ōban)  
  Lifetime reprinting from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Koitsu Nezu Shrine


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
ne origin  
tsu ferry  
jin god  
sha shrine Nezu shrine
shō clear  
wa peace  
kyū nine  
nen year Made in
ten the 12th month of
ni two the 9th year of
gatsu month the Shōwa era
saku make (i.e., December 1934)

Publisher seal K24-DG-It-Id (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 surnames of printer Itō (伊藤) Toraji (虎二) and carver Ikeda (池田) Seizō (清蔵) in katakana:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
suri printer Printer:
u   Itō
hori carver Carver:
ta   Ikeda

These seals indicate that this copy of the print was produced in 1948 or shortly thereafter.

Artist’s name in bottom left-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 April 2016 by the Floating World gallery

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