Eighty-eight Sacred Places in Shikoku - This intriguing sosaku hanga series by Kadowaki Shunichi depicts the "Pilgrimage to the Eighty-eight Sacred Places of Shikoku." A journey of nearly one thousand miles, the pilgrimage route encircles the island of Shikoko, and includes many of the temples founded by the revered Buddhist monk Kukai, known as Kobo Daishi after his death. Shunichi animates the scenes with energetic line work and patches of color, creating lively subjects in his own unique style. He uses small calligraphic strokes to enliven surfaces and give an appearance of texture to stones, tree bark, or even the ground. Designed and carved by the artist between 1966 and 1969, this fascinating series presents a modern take on the traditional pilgrimage. This is a smaller format edition of the series. A few prints include a label on reverse in Japanese with the name and number of the temple. See an example below of a map with all the sites marked on it (not included). Works by Kadowaki Shunichi are rarely seen in the market.
Artist - Kadowaki Shunichi (1913 - 2005)
Image Size - 7 3/8" x 10 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Some prints have a few light creases or a couple small spots. Please see photos for details. Generally in good to nice condition overall.
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