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Shiko Munakata


Goddess with Falcon
(Takamochi no saku)

sumizur-e; signed and dated below in penciled kanji, Shiko, and penciled English, Munakata, 1958, numbered 11/200, with red Muna seal and artist's pine needle symbol, 1955

sight 18 1/4 by 13 3/8 in., 46.4 by 34 cm
framed 26 3/4 by 21 1/8 in., 68 by 53.5 cm

Yasuo Kikuchi comments in his article translated by Atsushi Unno, Some Notes on Plates which accompanies the 1970 Kodansha limited edition volume on Munakata: "This remarkable piece of Munakata's woodcut-printing is based upon an old "Ohtsue" entitled "A Folconer". The "Ohtsue" is a sort of folk painting produced at Ohtsu, Shiga Prefecture in the Edo Period" [sic].

Munakata concludes each of his titles with the phrase no saku (or hanga saku). Hanga, written in the typical way means 'print picture', but Munakata always wrote it with different characters which literally translate as 'board picture'- emphasizing the importance of the material (wood) as opposed to the process (printing). Saku generally means a picket fence, but it also references the practice on the island of Shikoku where pilgrims would pound a stake into the ground after praying at the temple found at each station of the pilgrimage, demonstrating their continuing commitment through continuing effort. Munakata likened his printmaking to this ongoing process: "No print is complete in itself, it is one more stake in the ground. It is one more step toward the goal of a lifetime. It is one more prayer that I may reach that goal" (Yasuda & Statler, 1958).

Yojuro Yasuda, translated by Oliver Statler, Shiko Munakata, Kodansha and Tuttle, 1958, p. 82
Shiko Munakata, Munakata Japanese Prints: A Collection of Hanga by Shiko Munakata (Munakata shiko hanga dai shu), Kodansha, 1970, p. 145
The Complete Works of Shiko Munakata, Vol. 7, The World of Women (1), Kodansha, 1978, nos. 92-95

From the Collection of the Tsuruoka Family (Kakunen Tsuruoka, 1892-1977)

price: Sold


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