HASUI -- "Zojoji Temple, Shiba" (#2)

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Title "Zojoji Temple, Shiba"
("Shiba Zojoji")
Date 1926 (ca1930's printing)
Series "Twenty Views of Tokyo"
("Tokyo Nijukei")
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Red Watanabe "M-seal"
(lower right)
(Lower margin's pencil-written title/artist by Watanabes staff associated with prints of 1930-38 period.)
Image Size 9 1/2 x 14 1/4
Impression Very Fine.
Superbly executed "bokashi" shading throughout print; "gauffrage" (embossing) to umbrella, snowy trees/roof, and foreground; baren "sujizuri" (tracings) to rooftop areas; highly detailed carving.
Condition Very Good++.
Fresh, strong colors. (Light discoloration/soiling/wear to margins; light toning. Image area itself is clean.) Pencil notations verso bottom.
Reference/Illus Hotei #147; Narazaki #147.
Comments Considered by collectors to be Hasui's lifetime masterpiece, and highly coveted by collectors. Narazaki states:
"A masterpiece within Hasui's oeuvre, no other [print] received as much praise." Seldom seen.
Item # EG-454
Price $5,500 (Sold/JD)