Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Praying Mantis and Gourd
A Special Boston Collection - We are excited to share with you a special collection of Meiji era designs, original shin-hanga prints, and high quality reprints. During a recent trip to Boston, we purchased the remaining stock from a gallery specializing in Japanese woodblock prints. This Boston gallery opened in the mid 1920's and went out of business in 1933 during the Great Depression. The original owner's daughter had kept the prints safely stored for more than 75 years! These terrific works are in wonderful condition, looking almost as if they came straight from the publisher. A real treasure trove of pre-WWII prints, with original designs ranging from classic poem slips, serene landscapes, charming birds and flowers, and popular silhouette scenes, to reprints of masterworks by Hiroshige. A great opportunity to purchase an excellent early 20th century woodblock at a low Fuji Arts price!
Comments - Charming nature scene of a praying mantis perched on the leaf of a gourd vine. A small gourd hangs at right with a yellow and white blossom peeking from behind a leaf at top center. A handsome Meiji era design.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 7 3/4" x 10 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail. A couple small spots and light creases. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.