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Snow at Kinkaku Temple from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

Hozu River in Early Summer from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Snow at Kinkaku Temple

from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

by Miki Suizan, 1924

Miki Suizan (1887-1957)

IHL Cat. #1014

About This Print

One of the artist's 14 prints created during his lifetime, picturing visitors on the balconies of Kinkaku temple in Kyoto during winter.  

Entry in the original Toledo Museum of Art 1930 Catalog:

125 SNOW AT KINKAKUJI (Kinkakuji no Yuki)

Snowscape in grey, blue and dark green. Temple in two tones of grey against snow-covered trees; blue water faintly reflects building and trees. Visitors to temple make spots of color, with blue, green, brown and light orange kimono. Large tree at right in grey, black and green.

Signed, “Suizan;” seal, “Sato Shotaro Han” (Sato Shotaro, publisher). Margin, “Kinkakuji no Yuki” (Kinkakuji in Snow). Edition, 200 impressions. Blocks cut by Mayeda; printed by Oiwa, 1924. 10 5/8” x 15 15/32”

Kinkakuji (Rokuon-ji)

Source: Website of Welcome to Kyoto http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/visitkyoto/en/theme/sites/shrines/w_heritage/13/

Rokuon-ji Temple was originally built as a villa by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, whohad taken possession of a mountain villa of Saionji Temple in 1397. It was convertedinto a temple after Yoshimitsu's death. Officially named Rokuonji Temple, thistemple is famous both in Japan and abroad as a symbol of Kitayama culture. TheKinkaku, or "Golden Pavilion," was built as the Shariden. Covered with gold, theimage of the pavilion, which stands at the edge of Kyokochi pond, is reflectedin the water. Major repair work performed in 1987 has further enhanced its brilliance.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description
Snow at Kinkaku Temple (Kinkakuji no yuki 金閣寺の雪)
 Series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto (Shinsen Kyōto meisho) [also seen translated as "Select Views of Kyoto, Second Series" (Shinsen Kyōto meisho dainishū)]
 Artist Miki Suizan (1887-1957)
 Seal no artist's seal
 Publication Date 1924
Satō Shō han
(lower right corner)
(verso, small oval seal)
Satō Shōtarō 佐藤 章太郎 (Marks: pub. ref. 456; no seals pictured) 
 Edition 1st edition of 200 prints (unnumbered)
 Carver Maeda Kentaro
 Printer Ōiwa Tokuzō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - trimmed to image on left and bottom as all copies of this print seem to be; mounting remnants on verso 
 Genre shin hanga
 Format horizontal oban
 H x W Paper 
 10 7/8 x 16 in. (27.6 x 40.6 cm) 
 H x W Image
 10 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. (27 x 39.46 cm)
 Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Carol M. Putney, et. al., Toledo Museum of Art, 2014, p. 176-177; Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, The Toledo Art Museum 1997, cat. 125; The Brittle Decade: Visualizing Japan in the 1930sJohn Dower, et. al., MFA, Publications, Boston, 2012, p. 76, pl. 75.
 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 38.722; Honolulu Museum of Art 19287; National Diet Library (a portfolio of the artist's 14 prints)