Kôgyo: Two turtlesKôgyo: Two turtles
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Tsukioka Kôgyo (1869-1927)

Two turtles. A large minogame resting on an overhanging rock, a smaller pond turtle climbing out of the water below.

Signature: Kôgyo

Seal: Kôgyo

Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi

Date: Around 1900

Size: Shikishiban, 24,1 x 25 cm

Excellent impression and colour. Unbacked. Rright and upper margin faintly mat stained, few tiny brown stains at right and left outermost edges. Overall very nice condition. A rarely seen print.
The minogame turtle is a lucky symbol of longevity.

Ill. in: Milne Henderson, Zeshin & Related Artists, London n.d. (1978), No. 65; van Rappard-Boon, The Age of Yoshitoshi. Japanese prints from the Meiji- and Taishô periods. Amsterdam 1990, p. 96, No. 133; Schaap/Rimer, The Beauty of Silence. Leiden/Boston 2010, p. 147, No. 101; cf. also Rijksmuseum Amsterdam RP-P-1989-12.