1893 HASEGAWA Japanese woodblock print: “THISTLE” Chrysanthemums

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Seller: ukiarts (334) 100%, Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382935717342 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE From the much sought-after series “One Hundred Chrysanthemums.” In his very lovely botanical art series One Hundred Chrysanthemums, Keika Hasegawa beautifully illustrated the grandeur of these magnificent flowers so beloved by the Japanese. This very rare and original print is from that renowned series, published in the Meiji Period over one hundred and twenty five years ago. The history and symbolism of the chrysanthemum in Japan is interesting. The chrysanthemum was first imported into Japan from China in 386. Its popularity immediately spread rapidly throughout the country. It became so popular that a Fall festival has been held in its honor for over a thousand years. In the late seventeenth century this festival became a national holiday. By that time feudal lords and other wealthy people had taken up the hobby of cultivating new varieties. By the end of the Tokugawa shogonate, 1603-1867, there were hundreds of varieties and chrysanthemum-viewing parties had become popular throughout Japan. The chrysanthemum has always been regarded as a symbol of the sun in Japanese culture. The traditional Japanese sun emblem became a stylized 16-petal chrysanthemum on the personal badge of the twelfth century emperor Go-Toba. At that time individual signs or badges were used among the nobility to identify their carriages and attendants. After 1868, the symbol was reserved exclusively for the emperor and his relatives. The chrysanthemum is known as the kunshi or "nobleman" of flowers. It is held in higher esteem than even the cherry or plum blossom. Its dignity has been compared to the upright character of a true gentleman. Its strong smell and taste make it a good plant for guarding against the evils of the approaching winter, and it is widely regarded as a symbol of longevity and good health. Buddhist temples often use chrysanthemums as an ornamental theme. Shopkeepers may have a pot of chrysanthemums on their balconies, and wealthy families sometimes have a separate chrysanthemum enclosure in their gardens. This impressive print is truly a classic ukiyo-e image. It would be a wonderful choice for the antique print collector or the interior decorator. It would be striking displayed on your home or office wall and is bound to become a cherished family heirloom. In his very lovely botanical art series One Hundred Chrysanthemums, Hasegawa beautifully illustrated the grandeur of these cherished flowers. This is truly a classic ukiyo-e image. It would be a superb choice for any discerning collector. Matted and framed, this print would make a stunning presentation by itself or would be an impressive addition to an arrangement with other prints. It is one you will be proud to display in your home or office and is bound to become a cherished family heirloom. ARTIST: Keika Hasegawa, Japanese fl. 1892-1905. TITLE: Thistle. SERIES: One Hundred Chrysanthemums. MEDIUM: Genuine polychrome woodblock print. Ink and color on handmade paper. IMAGE SIZE: Approx. 12 ½: x 8 7/8”; (31,8 cm x 22,2 cm). SHEET SIZE: Approx. 12 ½: x 8 7/8”; (31,8 cm x 22,2 cm). CONDITION: Antique 1893 original print. Wonderful sense of age. Beautiful color and marvelous detail. Possibly slight soiling, a few spots, and some faint toning. Stitch holes along right edge. Please take a moment to examine the scans. Please buy now. Thank you. The Uki Arts Gallery PS: Please click on “Visit Store” to see all of our Gallery’s current offerings. Be sure to also click on "Save this Seller" to see our new listings as they become available. International shipping is only $17.95! Please leave feedback. Condition: Antique 1893 original print. Wonderful sense of age. Beautiful color and marvelous detail. Possibly slight soiling, a few spots, and some faint toning. Stitch holes along right edge. Please take a moment to examine the scans., Region of Origin: Japan, Age: Meiji era, 1893, Primary Material: Ink and color on handmade paper, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original

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