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Notes (1st edition)
Publisher (this edition): Watanabe Watanabe Watanabe Watanabe
Date of this item: 1953
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Kawase Hasui - Snow At Zojo Temple

Print No : 241
Artist : Kawase Hasui
Size :33.8 x 44.0cm (Image Size)
Date : 1953
Sunday, 30 March 2008

Catalog ID: 7266
Artist: Kawase Hasui
Title: Snow at Zojo Temple, Tokyo
Print Type: Limited Edition Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Edition No: #155/250
Date: 1953
Publisher: Watanabe
Reference No: Hotei #592
Size: 14 1/2 x 18-1/2 "
Condition: Very fine.
Limitation sticker on reverse.

Notes: Paper limitation sticker on the reverse, tied to the print with the artist's red chop. Click here to view.
This print was requested by the Commission for Protection of Cultural Properties to designate the woodblock printing technique as a "mukei bunkazai" (intangible cultural asset). The block cutting was undertaken by Sato Jurokichi, the foremost living block-cutter. The printer was Ono Gintaro (1885-c.1962), who had worked with Hasui for over 36 years. The distinctive technical features include the illustration of the snowflakes, created by repeated over-printing (more than 40 times), and the block-cutting of the detailed wooden architectural framework of the multi-storied, vermilion-colored Sanmon (main gate) of the Zojo Temple.

This print solidified Hasui's position as the "Master of Snow".

Hasui was named a Living National Treasure in 1956.
Saturday, 6 August 2005



Snow at Zojoji
Date Of Work


14.5 x 18.75

Fine impression, color and condition

According to Narazaki this print was commissioned to commemorate the "wood block print technique" as mukei bunkazai (intangible cultural asset).The two foremost craftsmen of the day, carver Sato Jurokichi & printer Ono Gintaro executed the print.
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