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Japanese Kappa-ban Print Yoshitoshi Mori Mimasu Danjuro

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Japanese limited edition sosaku hanga “kappa-ban” (stencil print) titled “Mimasu” (Small) depicting the actor Ichikawa Danjuro in the role of a samurai warrior by Yoshitoshi Mori (1898-1992). “Mimasu” is the name of the “mon” (crest) for the Ichikawa family. It consists of three square rice measures (called “masu”) nested inside one another. In this image, a lunging Danjuro with his oversized sword is placed against a stylized mimasu crest. The print is pencil-signed “Y. Mori” at the lower left, dated ’79, and numbered 64/70. The artist’s red seal is above the signature. The paper measures 17 3/8”V x 13 3/4”H. This print is in very good overall condition. There is a very slight fade line evident at the bottom of the paper where the previous mat had been. The print is backed by a thin sheet of archival paper. The image is illustrated as plate 403 in a catalogue published by the artist in 1985 titled “Mori Yoshitoshi Kappa-ban” which features prints dated between 1977-1985. This print was purchased in Japan at the Kato Gallery at the time of production and is from a Scottsdale, Arizona collection.