Kawase Hasui, Kikyo-mon Gate, Twenty Views of Tokyo

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Original Japanese woodblock print. 

Artist: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Title: Kikyo-mon Gate

Series: Twenty Views of Tokyo

Date: 1929
Dimensions: 26.2 x 38.9 cm


With fine blue skies reflected in the moat, the Kikyo-mon gate stands brilliantly in its calm surroundings. An entrance to the imperial palace in Tokyo, Kikyo-mon is one of the original gates to what had prior been Edo Castle and lies on the outskirts on the southern side of the palace. The name of the gate refers to the kikyo flower, also known as the Chinese bellflower or balloon flower. The regal purple flower is celebrated in Japan as one the seven flowers of autumn. Today, the roof of the gate is still ornamented with the crest of the kikyo flower.

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Artist Name Hasui Kawase
Title Kikyo-mon Gate
Subject Landscapes, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Condition Report Residue on back from previous mounting. Discolouration on top of print due to glue.
Dimensions 26.2 x 38.9 cm
Series Twenty Views of Tokyo