HASUI -- "Megaro Fudo Temple" (#7)

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Title "Megaro Fudo Temple"
("Megaro Fudo do")
Date 1931 (1946-57 printing)
Provenance A recent Tokyo find.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Red "6mm-seal" (lower/right)
(used 1946-57, lifetime edition)
Image Size 9 1/2 x 14 3/8
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky, trees, temple structures, stone areas, and foreground; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to cherry blossoms and roof's edge; marvelously life-like shadowing; highly detailed carving.
Condition Pristine. Fresh, strong colors.
Clean front and verso.
(Absolutely flawless.)
Reference/Illus Pachter pl #58; Narazaki #322; Hotei #263.
Comments 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." Finest copy we've ever encounted. Pristine uncirculated condition.
Item # DG-726
Price $1300 (Sold/TD)