Tokuriki - Fruits, leaves and tendrils
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Tokuriki Tomikichirô (1902-2000)
Fruits, leaves and tendrils of the bitter melon (Jap. Goya, also called Bitter melons or Bitter gourds).
Series: Hana gojû dai no uchi (Fifty Kinds of Flowers)
Signature: Tomi koku
Publisher: Unsôdô, Kyoto
Size: Oban, 36 x 27,8 cm (paper size)
Very nice impression and colours, background printed with silver pigments. Strong paper, a tiny bit toned due to its age, otherwise perfect condition. Woodcut by the artist.
This nice series with flowers, in the shape of an elongated octagon, was made by Tokuriki and other well-known artists from Kyoto, as Eiichi Kotozuka etc.
Compare: Merritt/Yamada, Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints 1900-1975, Honolulu 1992, p 78.