Kokyo TANIGUCHI -- "Spirit of Heron Maiden" (#4)

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Artist Kokyo TANIGUCHI
Title "Spirit of Heron Maiden"
("Shirasagi no Sei")
Date 1918; (First Edition printing)
(Roach: "published by Sato Sotaro posthumously in 1918)
Provenance Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Estate following his death (via New York contact).
Series na
Publisher Sato Shotaro Publisher
(Kyoto, c1895-1931)
Seal, Carver/Printer Red "publisher's seal"
lower/left margin.
Image Size 9 3/4 x 15 3/8 ("dai-oban")
Impression Very Fine.
Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to umbrella, face, hands, and background; extensive cheese-cloth "gauffrage" (embossing) to entire white robe; circular "baren sujizuri" to background; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and verso. (Light toning--absolutely flawless.)
Clearly on old pre-War paper. Tiny "Made in Japan" stamped lower verso margin.
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #123.
Comments Clothed in a white cotton kimono, this beauty is seen in a dance performance where the spirit of a heron changes into a girl, then becomes a heron again. One of only a few known works by Taniguchi. Quite Rare.
Item # EG-671
Price $1,650 (Sold/ST)