||"Spirit of Heron Maiden"
("Shirasagi no Sei")
(First Edition printing)
||Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Estate following his death (via New York contact).
||Sato Shotaro Publisher
||Red "publisher's seal"
||9 3/4 x 15 3/8 ("dai-oban")
Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to umbrella, face, hands, and
background; extensive cheese-cloth "gauffrage" (embossing) to entire white robe;
circular "baren sujizuri" to background; highly detailed carving.
||Nearly Excellent. Very good colors. Clean frontside and verso. (Few scatterd marks; light
toning.) A few natural paper irregularities--clearly on old pre-War paper.
Tiny "Made in
Japan" stamped lower verso margin.
||"The Female Image," Plate #123.
||Clothed in a white cotton kimono, this beauty is seen in a dance performance where
the spirit of a heron changes into a girl, then becomes a heron again. One of only a
few known works by Taniguchi. Quite Rare.