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- Kotoshidake (Young Bamboo and Sparrows) -

Tomikichiro Tokuriki


The wonderful woodblock print "Kotoshidake" (Young Bamboo and Sparrows) is by Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-1999). Very large size print. This print features a peaceful scene of young bamboo and sparrows in a tranquil setting. The colors are vibrant and the details are exquisite. The title, artist name, and publisher's name "Matsukyu" on the right margin. Block sign "Tomi" with a red seal "Tomi" on the lower right corner of the image. Hand-signed "T. Tokuriki" in pencil and the edition number on the bottom of the image. (right side). 

When he produced this print, he was 93 years old. Under a red seal, he added a handwritten "93" in Japanese Kanji. According to his explanation note, this is the image of his garden, he loves to see growing young bamboo in his garden every year. It is hard to take care of them by fertilizing them during the winter, but he loves to see this scenery in the spring and is looking forward to next year. 

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 22 and 1/2 x 17 and 5/8 inches (57 x 44.6 cm)
Image size: 20 x 15 and 1/8 inches (51 x 38.5 cm)
Sheet number: 56/200
Date: Printed in 1995, Issued in 1996
Signed: Hand-signed "T. Tokuriki" in pencil on the bottom margin. 
Condition: Very good condition. Minor ink smudge on the lower left margin corner and minor toning on the top margin (right side) as shown.


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