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Kanten (The Sky of a Drought) - Katsuyuki Nishijima - SAKURA FINE ART

- 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 a very famous Okinawa pottery store ("Tsuboya yaki") in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. Please note this is small size print paper  6 inches x 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 for a 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 artwork. 

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 6 inches wide and 8 inches tall (15 x 20.5 cm)
Image size: 4 and 1/4 inches wide and 6 and 3/8 inches tall (11 x 16 cm)
Sheet number: N/A
Date: First printed in 2007 
Signed: Block- Signed "K. Nishijima" on the bottom margin
Condition: Pristine condition.


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