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HARUNOBU - Japanese Woodblock Print HERON MAIDEN 1776


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HARUNOBU - Japanese Woodblock Print HERON MAIDEN 1776


Heron Maiden and Her Lover Sharing an Umbrella in the Snow

Date: originally published in 1776, this is a Showa era edition published by Watanabe from recarved wood blocks
Size: chuban, approx. 9.375" x 11.75"
Condition: Fine, no flaws, never framed, uncirculated condition
Impression: Fine, with extensive gauffrage (embossing) on both the man and the woman's outer kimonos and in the snow on the ground (see enlargements below).
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and excellent bleed through to verso
Authentic hand made woodcut print, nice impression, deep saturated color and excellent bleed through to verso, by 18th century woodblock master Harunobu. Blind embossing gauffrage on the lovers kimonos as well as in the drifting of the snow.
There are many variations on the tale of the Heron Maiden in Japan, but most involve a woodsman either sparing or rescuing a heron (in other versions it is a fox or tree). Shortly thereafter, he encounters a beautiful girl, falls in love, and marries her. But the girl insists that the woodsman promise he will not watch her at certain times. He inevitably accidentally or purposefully violates the promise and sees the woman in her true heron identity, and with her identity exposed she must leave him and return to her original form. The woodsman is often left with a child born of his now-vanished supernatural wife.

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