Nara Kasuga Jinja (Kasuga Shrine in Nara)

Tomikichiro Tokuriki

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Truly beautiful woodblock print "Nara Kasuga Jinja" (Kasuga Shrine in Nara) is by Tomikichiro Tokuriki. This is one of "Seichi Shiseki Meishou" (Scenes of Sacred Places and Historic Landmarks) series. Subtitled "Nara Kasuga Jinja, Mantoro" (Ten thousand Lanterns at Kasuga Shrine in Nara), and red seal "Tomi" on the upper right of image .Artist signature "Tomikichiro saku " on the left edge of image. Titled "Seichi Shiseki Meishou" (Scenes of Sacred Places and Historic Landmarks), number 18, "Tomikichiro saku" (produced by Tomikichiro) with "Tokuriki" red seal, and "Uchida" publisher seal and copyright seal on right margin. Published1941. This print has very spiritual mood. 

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 16 and 5/8 x 11 and 1/4 inches
Image size: 15 x 10 and 1/4 inches
Sheet number: N/A
Date: 1941
Signed: Artist name "Tomikichiro saku" on the left edge of image. Artist red seal "Tomi" on the upper right of image. Artist name "Tomikichiro saku" and Red seal "Tokuriki" on the right margin.
Condition: Outstanding condition. A few slight ink smudge on margin which will be easily matted out. Once taped on the top of verso.

Mantoro
(10,000 Lanterns Festival)
At the Kasuga shrine, the lanterns are are lit twice a year for special Lantern Festivals.