||After Morikage KUSUMI
(Japanese painter, c1620-90)
||"Monkeys in a Tree, Full Moon"
||Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Estate following his death
(via dealer contact).
Company (Tokyo/New York publisher, 1930's)
||Signature reads as "Morifuji" (per Shotei.com)
||6 3/8 x 15 1/4 (without margins, as published)
||Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky area; light "gauffrage"
(embossing) to moon; nicely detailed carving, crisp lines.
(Tiny "Made in Japan" stamped verso.)
||Excellent. Clean backside.
(Light toning. No flaws noted.)
||A delightful image of a seven playful monkeys--the lowest seen reaching
towards the moon below. Designed after an early Edo-era painting done
during 1600's by Morikage KUSUMI.