Kanten (The Sky of a Drought)

Katsuyuki Nishijima


Beautiful woodblock print "Kanten" (The Sky of a Drought) is by Katsuyuki Nishijima. Very bold and impressive print. This scene is very famous Okinawa pottery store ("Tsuboya yaki") in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. Pristine condition, never framed. Please note this is small size print paper width is 6 inches and height 8 inches.  The focal point is the "Shisa" on the roof. Many people put a pair of Shisa (lion dog) on their rooftops. Shisa are wards believed to protect from various evils. (Kanten) means drought continues without rain long time.
Nishijima uses old words as a title, which people are not used to using in their daily lives recently. Sometimes I ask Nishijima directly. I think he wants to put Japanese spirits or cultures which have been forgotten into his arts. 
This little print would be a great gift for Christmas. 

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 6 inches wide and 8 inches tall (15 x 20.5 cm)
Image size: 7 and 3/4 inches wide and 10 and 5/8 inches tall (11 x 16 cm)
Sheet number: N/A
Date: First printed  2007 
Signed: Block- Signed "K. Nishijima" on the bottom margin
Condition: Pristine condition. A few very minor (pin-head size) ink spots on the bottom margin which will be easily matted out.