SAKURA- Somei Yoshino (Yoshino Cherry)

Shodo Kawarazaki

1257

Published by Unsodo. Japanese title, Unsodo seal, Yoshida printer's seal, Nagashima carver's seal and Gei watermark in left margin. "Shodo" characters in upper left of image. Genuine Japanese woodblock print. Undated. This later impression from original blocks. Truly beautiful.

The cherry blossom is a very delicate flower that blooms for a very short time. For the Japanese this represents the transience of life. For the Japanese falling cherry blossoms have a very deep and often romantic meaning. In ancient Japan the Deity of the Mountains, the most powerful of all deities, came down to the rice patties on the petals of the cherry blossoms to offer his soul, embodied in the rice gains, to humans, who would grow the grains of rice to full maturity and give the Deity a return gift of multiplied seeds in the fall. Generally cherry blossoms symbolize a celebration of life. The beauty and delicate nature of a cherry blossom can't be denied. The cherry blossom is a very delicate flower that blooms for a very short time. For the Japanese this represents the transience of life.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 10 and 3/4 inches by 16 inches
Sheet number: N/A
Date: N/A
Signed: "Shodo" characters in upper left of image.
Condition: Pristine condition. Wonderful details with typical Unsodo printer's tiny "smudge" on the right margin.