KOSON -- "Rooster and Hen"

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Title "Rooster and Hen"
(given name)
Date ca1910 blocks
(later edition, ca1950's/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.)
Pre-earthquake (pre-1923) Daikokuya Publisher's blocks purchased mid-1930's.
Seal, Carver/Printer Publisher's "Hanken shoyu, Nishinomiya Yosaku" seal, left margin.
Image Size 10 1/4 x 16 1/2
(large "dai-oban" print)
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to feathers and background; deep "gauffrage" (embossing) to rooster's tail-feathers and head; highly detailed carving; crisp lines.
Condition Excellent. Clean front and verso; excellent colors. Full, original margins. (Light age-toning; slight wear.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #K-38.1 and catalogue #86, p101.
Comments A colorful cock rooster looks on as a hen pecks at grains, with bamboo seen in background.
Item # JS-2138
Price $850 (Sold)