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Moon Viewing

Size: 29 cm by 21 cm (11.42 in by 8.27 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Suzuki Harunobu

Era: Post-war | Production quality (1~5): 4 | Condition (1~5): 5

Price: 7,000 yen (click to see conversions)

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Description: Given that this design was produced nearly 200 years before the genre of 'shin-hanga' would arise - with its glorious ability to create deep rich images of day, night, rain, mist, etc. etc. - the only way for Harunobu to let us know this was a night scene was by putting a 'moon' into the print.

The classical poem included on the print, penned centuries before by the courtier Abe no Nakamaro, describes the feelings of homesickness felt by the poet. He was in China at the time, far from his home, but there in the sky was the same moon that his friends back home were seeing ...

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