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japan Haku Maki Poem 1968

japan Haku Maki Poem 1968

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Directory: Fine Art: Prints: Woodcuts: Pre 1970: Item # 1197661

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Poem S, B This small and unpretentious print was a sleeper. Whoever sold it knew not what he had Indeed neither did I until well after it came here in Beijing. It is a very rare 1968 Maki print. Not 967 and not 1969. It has the kanji for Rope in the center and that is placed on a subtle but firmly done kanji for STONE - but the kanji is in there ass backwards. The correct rendering is in image 5. Mysteries abound I have never seen the sub-title SB in a Maki print I do not know what it means We have seen FP but not SB This is a rare image the numbering 1/50 suggests this was the first image of the run – but it could have been the only one. Did Maki only do one? The paper that was ordered by Maki came from a paper maker he knew who prepared paper for him. (I do now know who he was.) The paper had the distinctive “moon surface” Maki used countless times in his prints. Note this is fairly early Maki only one splash. In frane 5 I show how Maki would have done the Stone kanji if he were not being cute: strait up (as made in Beijing).size 21.5 x 21, 5 cm