KOSON -- "A Pair of Pheasants"

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Title "A Pair of Pheasants"
(given name)
Date ca1930's
(later edition, ca1950/70).
Provenance Obtained directly from publisher Nishinomiya Yosaku's remaining final inventory-- (learn more).
Series na
Publisher Nishinomiya Yosaku
(Tokyo publisher--known active 1938 until late 1950's; then sporatically until present day.)
Seal, Carver/Printer Publisher's "Hanken shoyu, Nishinomiya Yosaku" seal, left margin.
Image Size 10 3/8 x 16 5/8
(large "dai-oban" print)
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to feathers, snow, and sky; light "gauffrage" to pheasant's tail-feathers; very detailed carving; crisp lines.
Condition Excellent. Clean front and verso; excellent colors. Full, original margins.
(No flaws noted.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #K-21.8 and catalogue #141, p142.
Comments A colorful image of two green pheasants. The pheasant's colored plumage is so highly valued in Japan that it was designated the national bird of Japan following WWII.
Item # JS-2137
Price $850 (Sold)