||"Megaro Fudo Temple"
("Megaro Fudo do")
(likely 1940's/50's printing, clearly on older paper)
||Unsealed (occasionally omitted--not uncommon from Watanate Publisher)
||9 1/2 x 14 3/8
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.
Clean front and verso.
(Thin paper residues verso edges; slight toning.)
||Pachter pl #58; 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."