Japanese woodblock print by Kasamatsu Shiro (1898-1981), The Giant Lantern of Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, 1934. Later printing by Watanabe Color Print Co. from the original blocks. 7 mm circular Watanabe publisher’s seal in the image.
One of the artist’s most famous designs. Illustrated at plate 173 from the 1936 catalogue of the Toledo Museum of Art’s Exhibition of Modern Japanese prints, as well as plate 80 in Lawrence Smith’s seminal catalogue, The Japanese Print Since 1900: Old Dreams and New Visions (1983). Pristine condition, measuring 14 1/8 by 9 1/2 inches, plus full margins.