Koitsu: Asakusa Kinryuzan Pagoda by Moonlight (Sold)

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Artist: Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)
Title: Asakusa Kinryuzan Pagoda by Moonlight
Date: 1938 (this edition ca. late 1940s)

The usually bustling grounds of Kinryuzan Sensoji  Asakusa Temple are nearly deserted, and this famous pagoda seems to be enjoying the solitude. A full moon casts its unique glow on the scene, muting the colors and increasing the feeling of a unique moment in time. Indeed, the pagoda as seen here exists no more, as it was destroyed during WWII, although it has since been rebuilt.  Sensoji Temple was founded in the 7th century and is dedicated to the Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The seal at left reads Doi Hangaten, which indicates that this work was printed shortly after WWII, probably around 1950.

Publisher: Doi Hangaten (seals of printer Yokoi and Carver Harada)

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban (42.4 x 28.3 cm)
Signature: Koitsu