Sôzan: Beauty gazing at the full moonSôzan: Beauty gazing at the full moon
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Itô Sôzan (1884- ?)

A young woman enjoying the evening cool on a full moon summer night on the sea shore.


Signature: Sôzan

Seal: Sozan

Publisher: Watanabe, Tokyo (large round 9mm seal)

Date: c. 1919-26 (presumably before 1923)

Size: Vertical Ôtanzaku (Mitsugiri), 38,2 x 17,2 cm (overall)

Excellent impression and colour, with embossing. Minimal age-toning, narrow faint mat line top and right. Overall excellent condition.
Bottom verso stamped Watanabe inventory number „No 906“. With the rare early large Watanabe seal. 
A very beautiful and extremely rare early Shin Hanga print.

Recorded only at Freer/Sackler, Muller Collection, No. S2003.8.369 (dated c. 1925) and in: The female image, Leiden 2000, p. 48, No. 24 (termed as part of a series „Setsugekka no uchi“ – snow, moon and flower)