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Japanese Kappa-ban Stencil Print Yoshitoshi Mori Tsunemasa no Shingi

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Oversized Japanese limited edition sosaku hanga “kappa-ban” (stencil print) by Yoshitoshi Mori (1898-1992) titled “Tsunemasa no Shingi” (Consumate Skill of Tsunemasa). The image depicts the 12th century samurai warrior Taira no Tsunemasa, who was both a successful military leader and a fine musician, demonstrating his musical skill with the four-stringed lute (biwa). According to legend, Tsunemasa was visiting a shrine on Chikubu island. The priest brought out a biwa and asked him to play. The goddess Benten, patron of music and the arts, was so moved by the music, she appeared in the form of a dragon, visible in the image to the left of Tsunemasa, and promised him victory against the rival Minamoto clan. The print is signed and dated ’72 in black ink at the lower right. The artist’s red seal is above the signature. The A.P. mark (artist’s proof) is at the lower left. The visible paper size is about 25 1/4”V x 19 3/4”H. The framed size is 33”V x 27”H. The print is beautifully framed in the original Kato Gallery frame and appears to be in very good overall condition. This image was purchased in Japan at the Kato Gallery and is from a Scottsdale, Arizona collection.