Japanese Color Woodblock Print 


by Ohara Koson, 1921/1939

Peacock and Cherry Blossom

IHL Cat. #16

About This Print

One of a large number of prints the artist made in the square shikishiban format.  Many were published by the Tokyo publisher Daikokuya. It is unclear exactly when Daikokuya published these prints, but it is likely they were printed c. 1930s or possibly early 1940s, after Daikokuya was taken over by S. Koizumi from the Matsuki family.  This print is stamped with the number 1 and "Made in Japan" on the verso, as show below. The date 8/19/47 is also written on the back.  For another Koson print in this collection in this format see Swallow and Wisteria.

There is also another state of this print without the black border, shown below, that can be found in the online collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. 

Pheasant, about 1920s
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Catalogue Raisonné
Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #16
 Title Pheasant 雉 (titled as "Colourful pheasant looking to the right" in Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945)
 Ohara Koson (1877 - 1945)
Koson 古邨 
 Seal Koson 古邨 in seal script (see above)
 Date 1921/1939
 Edition Unknown edition with no publisher's seal.  See the image from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, above, for another printing of this image.
 Publisher  Daikokuya (Matsuki Heikichi)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - toning on top and bottom on verso and top and side edge of front.  Wrinkling on top left margin.
 MiscellaneousMADE IN JAPAN and No. 1 printed on verso.  Koson and 8/19/47 CO hand written in pencil on verso. 
The stamp "MADE IN JAPAN" indicates the print was destined for export to the United States and likely created between 1921, when the specific wording "Made in Japan" (rather than "Made in Nippon", for example) was required for imported goods, until 1939 when imports of Japanese products essentially ceased.
 Genre shin-hanga (new prints)
 Format shikishiban
 H x W Paper 10 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (27.3 x 28.6 cm)
 H x W Image 9 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (23.5 x 24.8 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature
CatalogueRaisonné: Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson1877-1945, Amy Reigle Newland, Jan Perrée, Robert Schaap, HoteiPublishing, 2003, K21.6
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