Koson: Songbird and butterflyKoson: Songbird and butterfly
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Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

A songbird (flycatcher) on a barley stalk. On the right side a butterfly.

Signature: Koson

Seal: Koson

Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)

Date: c. 1900-20

Size: Ôtanzaku (Mitsugiriban), 34,8 x 18,7 cm (image size)

Fine impression and colours, with visible woodgrain. Untrimmed early impression. Some faint soiling in upper margin, small stain in lower left corner; overall excellent condition.

Ill.: Reigle Newland/Perrée/Schaap, Crows, Cranes and Camellias, The natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Leiden/Boston 2010, K 9.4 and Cat. No. 77; see also Freer Sackler, Robert O. Muller Collection, Inv. No. S2003.8.2098; Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Inv. No. RP-P-1999-437.