Shiro Kasamatsu – “Ashura”, Three-Headed Deity In Ashura Temple


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An asura in Buddhism is a demigod or titan of the Kāmadhātu, one of the realms where a wandering soul may be reborn. They are described as having three heads with three faces each and either four or six arms.

This self-published sosaku-hanga by Shiro Kasamatsu is signed and pencil-numbered 181/200, but also possibly a “C” edition although unable to find examples of A or B edition.

The Woodblock Print

This oban-sized sosaku-hanga is in very good condition, with minor flaws that do not affect the image area of the print. There is minor toning from where parts of the margin were below a matting, along with some residue of tape on the top verso. There is a scuff mark in the left margin, but unable to tell if that was from the printing process or later. Strong color, good bleed-through to the verso.

About the Artist

Shiro Kasamatsu (笠松 紫浪, 1898 – 1991) was a Japanese engraver and print maker trained in the Shin-Hanga and Sōsaku-Hanga styles of woodblock printing.

Kasamatsu was born in Tokyo in 1898, he was apprenticed at the age of 13 to Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878–1973), a traditional master of bijin-ga. Kasamatsu however took an interest in landscape and was given the pseudonym “Shiro” by his teacher. Kasamatsu made woodblock prints for the publisher Shōzaburō Watanabe from 1919 until the late 1940s. Almost all the woodblocks were destroyed in a fire in Watanabe’s print shop following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Around 50 prints were published by Watanabe by the late 1940s. Kasamatsu began to partner with Unsodo in Kyoto from the 1950s and produced nearly 102 prints by 1960. He also began to print and publish on his own in the Sōsaku-Hanga style, producing nearly 80 Sōsaku-Hanga prints between 1955 and 1965 (pencil numbered editions).


Kasamatsu, Shiro


(A) Very Fine Condition






Sosaku hanga


Self published


Oban (10"x15")


Ghosts / Spirits