||Hasui KAWASE (1883-1957)
||"Megaro Fudo Temple"
("Megaro Fudo do")
||1931 (life-time edition)
||Private placement. Consigned by family of Air Force serviceman
John Kinney stationed in Tokyo 1946-57.
||Black "6-mm seal"
(lower/right), 1946-57 printing
||9 1/2 x 14 1/4
||Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky, trees, temple structures, stone areas,
and foreground; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to cherry blossoms; marvelously
life-like shadowing; highly detailed carving.
||Excellent. Excellent colors. Very clean front and verso.
(Couple surface scratches--otherwise flawless.)
||Narazaki #322; Hotei #263.
||Delightful springtime temple image. Narazaki reports that this composition was designed
with an interest in depicting the complex shadows seen cast upon the flagstones of the
temple's path and steps. Interestingly, the "backwards swastika" symbol is actually the
Japanese kanji for "temple."