by Koho Shoda (1871 - 1946)
Tanzaku Prints - Tanzaku or "poem slip" prints are narrow, vertical format woodblocks with space to write a poem, or sometimes a printed verse. Traditional Japanese architecture offers few solid wall surfaces on which to display art, so the tanzaku format was developed to fit vertical structural posts. These woodblocks are also known as hashira-e or pillar prints. These charming prints typically feature beautiful landscapes or peaceful nature subjects. This traditional Japanese form dates back hundreds of years, and is still in use today, with tanazaku decorating bamboo branches for the annual Tanabata Festival. Original shin-hanga tanzaku prints have all but disappeared from the market. Published by Hasegawa/Nishinomiya with publisher's seal on reverse, these classic designs are an excellent opportunity for the serious collector.
Publisher - Hasegawa/Nishinomiya, with Nishinomiya seal on reverse
Artist - Koho Shoda (1871 - 1946)
Image Size - 14 5/8" x 3"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top edge from original publisher mounting. Slight toning. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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