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Phalaenopsis and Haniwa

Mabuchi Tōru (1920-1994)

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Phalaenopsis and Haniwa 胡蝶蘭と埴輪

by Mabuchi Tōru, 1985

Boar from Takeuchi Seihō's Album of the Twelve Calendrical Animals

IHL Cat. #2216

About This Print

Picturing a a vase, an ancient funerary haniwa figure and a stem of a Phalaenopsis orchid (commonly referred to as a "moth orchid"), this 1985 print was previously issued in an edition of 120 in 1980 as shown below.

This print carries the notation 家蔵, in the artist's hand, indicating the print was part of his collection, possibly a proof print never put into production.

an earlier, 1980, printing, ed. 120

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #2217
 Title Phalaenopsis and Haniwa 胡蝶蘭と埴輪
 Mabuchi Tōru (1920-1994)
 Tōru Mabuchi
 Seal of the artist no seal
 Date 1985
 Edition not first and possibly a trial proof
This print carries the notation 家蔵 (kazō) in the center of the bottom margin indicating the print is from the artist's home (a family possession).

 Publisher self-published
 Printer self-printed
 Carver self-carved using the artist's unique "mosaic" technique as briefly explained in the artist's biography.
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good -  spots of foxing, most notably in the margins; two brown tape remnants verso top
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 19 x 24 7/16 in. (48.3 x 62.1 cm)
 H x W Image 16 x 22 in. (40.6 x 55.9 cm)
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11/24/2019 created