HASUI -- "Megaro Fudo Temple" (#8)

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Artist Hasui KAWASE
Title "Megaro Fudo Temple"
("Megaro Fudo do")
Date 1931
(likely 1940's/50's printing, clearly on older paper)
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Unsealed (occasionally omitted--not uncommon from Watanate Publisher)
Image Size 9 1/2 x 14 3/8
Impression Very Fine.
Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky, trees, temple, stone areas, and foreground; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to cherry blossoms; marvelously life-like shadowing; highly detailed carving.
Condition Nearly Excellent.
Excellent colors.
Clean front and verso. (Thin paper residues verso edges; slight toning.)
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."
Item # DG-802
Price $975