Poem by Sangi Takamura (Ono no Takamura) - Terrific scene of abalone divers in the rugged surf, watched by fisherman in a boat. Several women bob about on the waves, one holding a large shell, as others take a break on an arched rock nearby. A great design with beautiful detail and shading. A terrific Hokusai woodblock with attractive color.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.