牡丹と子獅子 (Peony and Shishi)

Designer: Ayumi Shiba | Publisher: Mokuhankan | Date: 2017

Paper size: 15cm by 11cm | Enlargement | Currency: $ / £ /

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Description: Ayumi Shiba is one of the young ladies working at Mokuhankan in Tokyo, in multiple capacities: she works in the shop helping explain the prints to visitors; she hosts the Print Parties; and she works as a staff printer, creating work to be sold to customers and subscribers.

But she also moonlights ... as a modern printmaker, and this print is one of her creations - from concept, through design, and all the carving and printing ... herself.

Shiba-san's comments: "A peony placed together with the guardian lion known as a 'shishi' is a pattern used from long ago. It is felt that the two components make a very good match - the shishi symbolising protection from evil (much used as a decoration on armour and other military goods), and the peony being considered a symbol of beauty.

"The juxtaposition of the two contrasting images, together with the butterfly and stone bridge, all serve as indicators of good fortune, in such ways as improving one's skills, or increasing the prosperity of one's business."

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