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Artist: Kawase Hasui
Phoenix Hall, Byodo Temple, Uji, from the series: Collection of Scenic Views of Japan II
originally published 1933, published by Watanabe, this is a lifetime edition
Size: oban, approx. 10.25" x 15.4"

Condition: VG, light crease upper right corner, glue spot in upper corners on verso, otherwise fine
Impression: Fine, excellent registration, solid key lines, and good surface texture
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Documentation: Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, Hotei, 2003
Notes: Byodo Temple, formerly the villa of Fujiwara-no-Michinaga, was converted into a temple by his son, the Kanpaku (Imperial Regent), Fujiwara-no-Yorimichi, in 1052, during the glory period of the Fujiwara family. Phoenix Hall was built in the following year. A National Treasure, it is the only building dating back to the time of the temple's establishment. Its graceful appearance conjures up a paradise dreamed of by the Heian aristocracy. The garden, designated as a special place of scenic beauty, is a relic of the Heian Period. This majestic garden centers around Phoenix Hall and incorporates the surrounding natural scenery, including the clear water of the Uji River and the mountains in front.