Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Kawarazaki Shōdō (1889-1973)  
  Title: Irises  
  Size: 36.4 x 24.4 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Shodo Irises


Originally published by Unsōdō in 1954, this is a later publication by the same publisher.

Artist’s seal in bottom right print area:

Shodo Seal

The kanji in this seal read:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
shō encourage  
hall Shōdō

Print title in top left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
hana flower  
shō iris  
bu cattail Irises

Names of the publisher, printer and carver in bottom left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
un art  
hall Unsōdō
suri printer Printer:
shin new  
mi flavour Shinmi
hori carver Carver:
naga leader  
shima island Nagashima

Watermark in bottom left margin of the paper with the kanji 芸 (i.e., gei, meaning ‘craft’).


Provenance: the Unsōdō shop in Kyoto

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