HASUI -- "Shinto Shrine of Kasuga at Nara" (#5)

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Title "Shinto Shrine of Kasuga at Nara"
(titled only in English via "sticker")
Date ca1935
(Shimbi Shoin Publisher ceased business in 1935)
Provenance Private placement. Consigned by a eastcoast print collector.
Series "Board of Tourist Industy -- Japanese Government Railways" Print
Publisher Shimbi Shoin Publisher (Tokyo, 1905-35)
Seal, Carver/Printer Unusual small red
oval "Ha-sui" seal.
Image Size 9 x 13 5/8
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading throughout print; nicely visible "woodgrain" seen in sky; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to snow-laden trees and falling snow flakes; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Strong colors.
Clean front and backside.
(No flaws noted.)
Reference/Illus Hotei #317-A.
Prior to our June 2003 article, was an UN-documented Hasui print. (Incorrectly listed by Hotei as a "variant" of the common #317 Watanabe "summertime Kasuga" print.)
Comments Extremely rare. Perhaps the only Hasui image by Shimbi Shoin Publisher. (Learn more.). For the serious Hasui collector.
Item # EW-01
Price $2350 (Sold/CD)