unsigned -- "Monkey Reaching for the Moon"

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Artist unsigned
Title "Monkey Reaching for
the Moon"
Date ca1900-20's; (before 1933)
Provenance Obtained via dealer contact (from Boston, MA dealer active 1920's to 1933-- store now closed).
Series Japanese Scenes on 'Tanzaku'
Publisher na
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 3 1/8 x 11 7/8 "tanzaku"
(tall/narrow "pillar print")
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; highly detailed carving. Full original margins (note "kento" marks right margin edge and bottom corner).
Condition Excellent.
(Slight toning. No flaws noted.) Without margins,
as published.
Reference/Illus na
Comments A delightful tall/narrow ("tanzauku") print of a tiny monkey (gibbon) reaching out towards the moon's elusive reflection--a challenging format designed to hang from the interior roof-poles of early traditional Japanese homes. Compare with Gekko's similar "Monkey/Moon" print.
Rarely seen.
Item # Available NOW as: EG-820-C (EG-820-B SoldRM/j52;
EG-820-A Sold/BG)
Price $275 (few copies available)