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Haku Maki Dragon Year âAnimal Song [dragon]"; 1968 ryu

Haku Maki Dragon Year “Animal Song [dragon]"; 1968 ryu

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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1970: Item # 1165867
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In 1968 Haku Maki completed his Animal Song series. It was 12 different prints, one for each year of the Chinese/Japanese zodiac. Each print had the title Animal Song and the kanji for the animal, which was not translated. This print, Animal Song [dragon], 14/50, is a beautiful Maki red. The dragon of the image is a very traditional Chinese character for dragon. In this print Maki used the theme dragon for the first time. This dashing abstract kanji seems to almost swirl out of the paper. When sold the print was not in perfect condition: it was bought “laid down” and we carefully and successfully removed the backing, which was made of old industrial use wax paper. That paper protected the back for nearly 50 yeas Hence the lovely clean back. . Maki produced this print for the Red Lantern Gallery in Kyoto, which sold it. Dragon 15 “ x 15”. Maki only used this dragon style in a greeting card he designed for the dragon year of 1976. Images above include the pristine back and the back as Ir. arrived,.