Asano -- "A Bamboo in the Shrine"

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Artist Takeji ASANO (1900-2002)
Title "A Bamboo in the Shrine" ("Jin—no Take")
Date 1953; margin-dated "First Edition." Circa 1953.
Series na
Publisher Unsodo ("gei watermark" lower left margin corner)
Seal, Carver/Printer Okura/Shinmi
Image Size 9 1/2 x 14 1/4
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; "gauffrage" (embossing) to railings and accumulated snowfall; nicely visible woodgrain upper/left; highly detailed carving, crisp "key-lines."
Condition Excellent. Strong colors. Slight age-toning. (Couple light surface scratches; couple spots upper margin--otherwise flawless.)
Reference/Illus na
Comments Considered Asano's finest wintertime image. Rarely seen "First Edition."
Item # DG-645
Price $850 (Sold/AK)