KOSON -- "Two Crows in Moonlight" (#7)

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Artist KOSON (Shoson OHARA)
Title "Two Crows in Moonlight"
("Tsuki ni Karasu")
Date 1927
(early pre-War printing).
Provenance Private placement. Consigned by family of Army serviceman Col.Tom Y. Horton stationed in Tokyo 1946-47.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Watanabe "E-seal" (used only 1932-42).
Image Size 9 1/4 x 14 3/4
Impression Very Fine.
Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; lightly "gauffraged" (embossed) outline of moon and lower limb; highly detailed carving, crisp lines.
Condition Very Good to Nearly Excellent.
Excellent colors. Clean front and verso. (Soft crease bottom/right margin corner; few very slight wrinkles; light wear; light toning.) No prior mounts.
Reference/Illus Blair's 1930 "Toldedo Exhibition" pl. #187; "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #S-5.3 and catalogue #150, p148.
Comments Two jungle crows, strikingly set against a full moon's nightime sky. Rarely seen. Watanabe "E-seal" used only 1932-42.
Item # BH-12
Price $1500 (Sold/NW)