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Peacocks and Autumn Leaves

Size: 30.0cm by 19.5cm (11.81 in by 7.68 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Maruyama Okyo

Era: Taisho | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 9,000$ 82.00£ 67.50€ 75.75 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is from the series, "The Nippon Mokuhan Gasui" (Masterpieces of old Japanese colour prints), a collection of reproductions of various themes and designs published around 1924.

This print depicts two peacocks under a maple tree. It is not very common to see white or albino peacocks in nature, nevertheless, the principal subject here is a white and beautiful one who is spreading out his feathers to display his whole tail. The main purpose of this behavior is to mate and shoo away potential male rivals.

A second peacock, green and blue is under and behind his white rival, his tail is folded and he presents a submissive attitude as if he had been beaten by this first one. They were probably courting a female peahen and now we know who was the winner.


It comes with a description sheet in English and Japanese.

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