Antique Hokusai Woodblock Print, Kabuto Tsuba Samurai Katana Bushidō Tattoo Art

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Seller: dogstar_rising (663) 100%, Location: Astoria, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 264329169862 WOODBLOCK BOOKPLATE FROM KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI’S EHON SAKIGAKE, aka EHON MUSASHI ABUMI; lit. “Ehon” (Picture Book): “Sakigake” (Charge Ahead) “Musashi Abumi” (The Stirrups of Musashi) STRONG IMPRESSION. BRIGHT, CRISP IMAGE. VERY LIGHT TONING. EXCELLENT STATE OF PRESERVATION. RARE. Usual edge, corner wear or slightly thumbed, bit of soiling. All of this is to be expected from generations of admiration. Some of these bookplates may have a worm hole or two outside the margins. If there are any such issues it will in no way detract from the the image itself. Late Edo, Early Meiji Period. Absolute details unknown, although, what is most evident is that the blocks were not worn down at that time of printing. BOOKPLATE FROM ONE OF HOKUSAI’S MOST CHERISHED AND SOUGHT AFTER WORKS Done at age 77, Hokusai signed this work, “Old Man Mad On Drawing.” EHON MUSASHI ABUMI—One of Hokusai’s most dynamic and best known picture books of sword wielding Samurai charging and defending against enemy attacks.The meaning of Sakigake is to rush to the enemy line before anyone else. Musashi Abumi is the name of the samurai armor made in Musashi Japan (named after the greatest samurai of all, Miyamoto Musashi).In these drawings famous samurai take on their advisories etc: fighting the great carp; paying homage to the great serpent; riding fearless steed into war; sword fighting against the forces of evil, while saving the helpless and the meek. These drawings are synonymous with the samurai spirit (Bushidō), and as such are indispensable to the culture of Japan. ————————————————— KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849) Katsushika Hokusai is one of Japan’s most cherished artists. His works are full of cheerfulness, humor and optimism. He had a refined knack of both capturing and creating the true nature of his times. His works will never need an explanation, nor a philosophy, nor a reaction to any condition. The message is a large splinter embedded in the art of art—creation! ————————–—————— ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, EXCEEDINGLY STRONG EXAMPLE — REPRESENTING THE FINEST CALIBER OF HOKUSAI’S OPUS. RARE AS RARE GETS. AUTHENTICITY GUARANTEED—YEARS OF SOUND ARTISTIC UNDERSTANDING AND A PASSIONATE INTEREST IN THE AESTHETICS AND HISTORY OF HUMANITY HAVE BROUGHT MUCH INSIGHT INTO THESE RARE ARTIFACTS. My prices are extremely reasonable and far below what one would be expected to pay for this caliber of art in a gallery or at auction. COMBINED SHIPPING: If you have payments due on more than one item, please wait for me to send you an invoice. I will adjust the cost of shipping fairly. I work hard to provide fast and courteous service, as my aim is complete customer satisfaction. Thank you for visiting my store. ————————–—————— A bit of friendly advice on matting bookplate diptych prints before framing: All bookplates that I have up for auction haven’t been butchered down the center seam waiting to be pieced together. Since these images were never intended to be assembled as a single print no attempt has been made to do so. Personally, and for justifiable aesthetic reasons, I prefer to mat bookplate diptychs with a half inch or 1.2 centimeter space left between the two separate panels. It is also more archival, saving the print from harmful and messy taping or glueing at the seam. If you do attempt this, you may find that the two halves don’t even line up from top to bottom (end result—you’ll be wearing a suit from a tailor who’s not paid the dues). Remember, once this action is done it can’t be undone. When considering the fact that the art is forever fresh and alive as it is, what reason is there to meddle with it by reassembling it to your particular preferences (hubris perhaps?). Just a bit of friendly advise, but as always, I leave such matters to the discretion of the buyer. Original/Reproduction: Antique Original

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