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Oboro haru (Hazy Spring)

Kotondo Torii


Beautiful Bijin-ga woodblock print "Oboro haru"(Hazy Spring) by Kotondo Tori (1900-1976). Oboro means hazy, Haru means spring. This "Oboro haru" is one of "Twelve Aspects of Woman". Originally published in 1932. This print is later edition by Aratama Kanko Kai (some people say call Kankokai). Printed on the beautiful Japanese Washi paper with "Sanso" watermarked. Kotondo's signature and seal in the image at the upper left. Carver name, Susumu Ito, Printer name is Matashiro Uchikawa and Torii red seal of approval (copyright) and publisher red moneybag seal on the lower left margin. Under the box, Limited edition published seal. You can see very highly detailed carving, especially her individual hairs. Very Japanese in every respect.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 13 inches by 19 inches (33 x 48.5 cm)
Image size: 10 inches by 16 inches (25.7 x 40.7 cm)
Sheet number: N/A
Date: Originally published in 1932. This print is a later edition.
Signed: Kotondo's signature and seal in the image at the upper left.
Condition: Pristine condition. Minor smudge on the top margin which will be easily matted out. 


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