I call this set of images The Zodiac but Maki formally called this Animal Song + the animal name in kanji. The actual prints here are Animal Song. Red Lantern Gallery in Kyoto distributed them. 1968.
In 1968 Haku Maki was commissioned by Red Lantern Gallery in Kyoto to produce the 12 animals of he Zodiac in a series entitled Animal Song. My research note 3 described this set briefly. This is an enhanced version. Maki did only 50 copies of each print; that was a normal run for Maki in that period. Over ten years I have only been able to see images of five prints. I own 4. Jennifer Britton owns the set. Her parents gave them to her.
Within the past week I have been shown all twelve. I am thrilled to post them here. I have not seen such a set and will not see one again. They were purchased in 1968 at the source and kept in a closet for many years. Jennifer Britton has kindly sent me photographs of the prints. The actual prints still hang in Ms. Britton’s home.
They are all done in the best of Maki’s style: clear images, not necessarily simple ones, and very good colors. There are green and blue but also gray teak and others. Please enjoy them. The image for Ox is really good: it shows two Chinese characters for Ox: one the design Maki favored much of his life, the other I believe he only used once besides in this commentary. Each of the 12 images was done off the same cement block but changed for each image.
This 12 beats the socks off the great 22 images in Maki’s classic Festive Wine
Rat ox tiger rabbit dragon snake horse ram monkey cock dog boar