Sôzan: Lady plucking Cherry blossomsSôzan: 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.


Signature: Sôzan

Seal: Sozan

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)