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Haku Maki Japan  Modern Print Level  or Lounging Lady

Haku Maki Japan Modern Print Level or Lounging Lady

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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Original Posters: Art Nouveau: Pre 1970: Item # 1155218
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Poem 70-73 Taiwa (Level or peace), 31/106, 17.5”x 24.5”. Haku Maki produced this big green print in 1970. His Big prints—large for him—appeared mainly in the period 1968-75. This print, the only horizontal one of all his Big prints, depicts the kanji for Level, Peace and the like. I believe it has other meanings. When I first saw this image many years ago but had not seen the bottom margin clearly, I thought it was a stylized rendition of Woman, a very frequent Maki subject. The green print shown in the last frame in this listing shows the possibility of this also meaning Woman. And a large prone woman at that. The image looks like a Level, a carpenter’s tool for determining if a surface is or is not level. A level reveals its findings when little balls glide back and forth in their space. In the print, Maki’s suns—two black and one yellow—could also represent the balls of a level. Hence, this design could have a primary meaning with two back-ups or hidden meanings.