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Scene at a Zen Temple from the series Life of Kyoto

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Scene at a Zen Temple

from the series Life of Kyoto

by Wada Sanzō, c. 1950s

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)

IHL Cat. #1061

About This Print

Picturing a group of monks, including two visiting monks carrying backpacks, in the courtyard of a Zen temple.  

The Series Life of Kyoto 
Consisting of six chuban-sized prints (see House of Yase Women from the series Life of Kyoto for pictures of the six prints) depicting activities and places in and around Kyoto, this series was published by an unknown publisher identified as 宮脇美風扇版 in the rectangular cartouche in the lower right margin of each print.  The publisher's name has been translated as Miyawake Bifu Ōgi, but I can find no reference to this publisher other than its cartouche on this print series.  (For additional discussion of this publisher see "Print Details - Publisher" below.)

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #1061
 Title/Description Scene at a Zen Temple (禅寺風景 Zenji Fūkei)
 Series Life of Kyoto
 Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)
 not signed
 Publication Date c. 1950s
宮脇美風扇版 Miyawaki Bifū Ōgi han (Transliteration of publisher is unclear. Other possible readings are Miyawaki Mifū Ōgi han and Miyawaki Bifūsen-han. Ōgi suggests that this publisher dealt in fan prints.  It is possible that the publisher is the present day company Kyoto Miyawaki Baisennan’京都宮脇賣扇庵 which deals in decorative fans.)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light toning most noticeable along left margin
 Genre shin hanga
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 10 x 12 7/8 in. (25.4 x 32.7 cm) 
 H x W Image 7 3/8 x 10 in. (18.7 x 25.4 cm)
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