TAKANE -- "A Cuckoo"

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Artist TAKANE, Koko (or Koji)
Title "A Cuckoo" ("Hototogisu")
(aka: "Girl and Lantern")
Date Undated, but ca1930's.
Series na
Publisher Daireisha
(Tokyo publisher, c1930-55)
Seal, Carver/Printer MAEDA, Kentaro/ONO, Hikojiro
Image Size 9 5/8 x 15
Impression Very Fine. Splendidly executed "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to lantern, face/hand, kimono's colors, and background; extensive "gauffrage" to kimono's brown area; some "burnishing" to lower hair area; highly detailed carving of individual hair-lines.
Condition Excellent. (No flaws noted.)
Reference/Illus na
Comments One of the splendid "bijin-ga" designs of the "shin-hanga" period--a young beauty seen before a Japanese lantern ("andon") as she listens intently to the distant call of a cuckoo. A rarely see print.
Item # BG-421
Price $750 (Sold)