Artist: Ohara Koson (小原古邨) / Shōson (祥邨)

Print: Crows in flight

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Dates: 1936,created
Dimensions: 15.375 in,7.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Shōson (祥邨)
Artist's seal: Shōson (Sa)

Related links: Freer/Sackler Galleries; National Museums of Scotland;

Physical description:

"Two jungle crows (Corvus macrorhynchos) are in flight on a cold, clear night, a full moon in the distance. This work is one of a series of some thirty ō-tanzaku prints published by Watanabe Shōzaburō (1885-1962): they do not have a publisher's seal. This design is reminiscent of a famous shikishiban of 1888 by the artist Shibata Zeshin (1807-91), which illustrates two black crows in flight against a bright orange sky."

Quoted from: Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945 by Amy Reigle Newland, p. 149. This is accompanied by a colored illustration.