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Number two from a series for the Taikogawa Poetry Club, as indicated by a drum (taiko) drawn above the title.
Fine impression with metallic printing, fine colour, light Japanese backing, in very good condition.
On the print there are two poems, by Utei Enba (1743-1822) and Rokuzōtei Hōba. Both the poems mention the Dragon, which was the zodiacal sign for the year.
Rjūtō o Dragon Lantern
Kasumi no nami ni rising amid waves
Uchi-agete of spring mist
Hikari nodokeki casts a gently glowing light
Hama no akebono over the beach at dawn.
Another impression of this print is at the Fine Art Museum of Boston (accession number 00.1942).
John T. Carpenter, Reading Surimono, Leiden-Boston, 2008, no 190, p. 307.