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Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

Flying cuckoo and waning sickle of the moon

Signature: Koson

Seal: Koson

Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya)

Date: around 1920

Size: Shikishiban, 24 x 25 cm

Excellent impression, colours and condition, printed on heavy paper. Verso on bottom margin a small stamp “Made in Japan“ and „# 24“ (Daikokuya’s inventory number?)

The cuckoo is a classical subject in Japan, symbolising the yearning for an absent loved one.

Ill.: Reigle Newland/Perrée/Schaap, Crows, Cranes and Camellias, The natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Leiden/Boston 2010, p. 181, K 6.1