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- Kanten (The Sky of a Drought) -

Katsuyuki Nishijima


The beautiful woodblock print 'Kanten' (The Sky of a Drought) is by Katsuyuki Nishijima. It's a very bold and impressive print. This scene depicts a famous Okinawan pottery store ("Tsuboya yaki") in Naha, Okinawa. Please note that this print is small-sized, measuring 6 inches by 8 inches. The focal point of the artwork is the "Shisa" on the roof. Many people place a pair of Shisa (lion dogs) on their rooftops as wards believed to protect them from various evils. (Kanten) means a drought continues without rain for a long time.

Nishijima employs old words as titles, which people are not accustomed to using in their daily lives recently. Sometimes, I directly ask Nishijima about this. I believe he aims to incorporate Japanese spirits or cultures that 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. There is a minor ink smudge on the bottom margin, which will be matted out. 


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