Sôzan: Lady plucking Cherry blossoms
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Itô Sôzan (1884- ?)
A lovely young lady pulling the branch of a flowering cherry tree towards her.
Publisher: Watanabe, Tokyo
Date: c. 1919-26 (presumably before 1923)
Size: Vertical Ôtanzaku (Mitsugiri), 38,4 x 17,2 cm (overall)
Excellent impression and colours, with glossy overprinting (shômenzuri) in the hair. Only very little age-toned, very few tiny spots, else excellent condition.
Bottom verso stamped Watanabe inventory number „No 907“.
A very beautiful and extremely rare early Shin Hanga print.
Compare Freer/Sackler, Muller Collection, No. S2003.8.365 (dated 1919-26) and The female image, Leiden 2000, p. 48, No. 25 (termed as part of a series „Setsugekka no uchi“ – snow, moon and flower)