HASUI -- "Megaro Fudo Temple" (#4)

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Title "Megaro Fudo Temple" (#4)
("Megaro Fudo do")
Date 1931; (First Edition)
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer "D-seal" (used only 1931-41, appropriate First Edition seal)
Image Size 9 1/2 x 14 3/8
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky, trees, temple structures, stone areas, and foreground; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to cherry blossoms; marvelously life-like shadowing; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Strong colors; very clean backside. (Slight toning--otherwise flawless.)
Reference/Illus Pachter pl #58; Narazaki #322; Hotei #263.
Comments Delightful springtime temple image. Pristine First Edition state. Narazaki reports that this composition was designed with an interest in depicting the complex shadows seen cast upon the flagstones of the temple's path and steps. Interestingly, the "backwards swastika" symbol is actually the Japanese kanji for "temple."
Item # SL-01
Price $1550 (Reserved/MJ)