HASUI -- "Torri in Tawaza Lake, Akita" (#2)

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Artist Hasui KAWASE
Title "Torri in Tawaza Lake, Akita" ("Akita Tawaza-ko Gyozaxno Ishi")
Date 1926
(likely a pre-War printing)
Series "Souvenirs of Travels, Third Series" ("Tabi Miyage") 1924-29
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Unsealed (not uncommon from Watanabe Publisher), but likely pre-War.
Image Size 9 1/2 x 14 3/4
Impression Very Fine.
Wonderful "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to clouds and water; life-like reflection; nicely visible woodgrain upper sky; highly detailed carving.
Condition Very Good to Nearly Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and verso. (3/4-inch tear right edge (expertly repaired); upper right tip secured with micro-thin archival tape.)
Reference/Illus Narazaki #133; Blair 1930 Toledo, #88.
Comments Beautiful reflected torri image. Unsealed prints (hand-applied) are not uncommon from Watanabe; but likely pre-War. Rarely seen.
Item # BG-237
Price $2400