Tetsuzan Mori – Racoon Dog and the Moon

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Mori, Tetsuzan


(A) Very Fine Condition








O-hosoban (6.75"x15")


Birds / Beasts, Night

A kinetic rendering of a racoon dogs or tanuki, a supernatural creature in Japanese folklore that is capable of shapeshifting to play practical jokes on humans. Sometimes they transform themselves into inanimate objects, such as tea kettles, and revert to their original form to scare or trick their owners. Tanuki are fond of rich food and drink, and have been known to impersonate brides or grooms so as to partake of the banquets served at weddings.

The Woodblock Print

This lovely woodblock is roughly o-hosoban sized measuring 7″ x 13″ and in very good to excellent condition. Crisp edges, albeit no margins (which seams to be standard). Backed on paper. Rich color, visible wood grain, and incredibly delicate treatment of the small flowers in white ink.

About the Artist

Tetsuzan Mori (1775-1841) was born in Osaka and a pupil of Maruyama Okyo, the founder of the naturalistic school which bears his name (Maruyama). Tetsuzan moved to Edo (Tokyo) where he introduced the Maruyama style to the region. Most known for his paintings of bijin-ga (beautiful women), and for his artfully rendered animals and birds. While he didn’t create woodblocks himself, many of his paintings were adapted by skilled publishing houses into woodblock prints.