Shoda Koho – Long Tailed Rooster

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A scene of a majestic long-tailed rooster perched on a branch, it’s long feathers streaming down the length of the print

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Pillar prints, or ko-tanzaku, are a format that creates beautiful challenges for the artist and their compositions. In this print Shoda Koho utilizes the 3″ wide by 13″ tall format to capture a scene of a majestic long-tailed rooster perched on a branch, it’s long feathers streaming down the length of the print. This print is Hasegawa Catalog Number 1553 from the series “Japanese Scenes on Tanzaku“.

The Composition

Vertical, narrow prints are a by-product of traditional Japanese architecture, which offered very few solid wall surfaces. Many times, the only solid surface available for the hanging of pictures, were the structural posts which held up the roof. “Pillar prints” became a genre unto themselves and were referred to in Japanese as hashira-e or tanzaku.

The Woodblock Print

This print is in good condition with strong color and delicate bokashi shading. As is typical for prints from this series this piece is trimmed without any margins. The piece has small bits of residue in the top verso from being tipped, Made in Japan stamped in Japanese on the verso.

The Artist

Shoda Koho (ca. 1871-1946) was a Japanese artist associated with the shin-hanga (“New Prints”) art movement in Japan during the early 20th century. This movement was influenced by European Impressionism and its imagery focused on landscapes, women, and nature.

Artist

Koho, Shoda

Condition

(A+) Excellent Condition

Date

1910s-1930s

Movement

Shin-hanga

Size

Ko-tanzaku (3"x13.5")

Subjects

Birds / Beasts, Plants & Flowers