Koson Ohara, Copper Pheasant Perching on Branch

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Ohara Koson (1877-1945)
Title: Copper Pheasant Perching on Branch
Date: Early 20th century
Publisher: Daikoku-ya
Size: 32.1 x 18.9 cm
Condition: Top right corner slightly creased. Tape residue on the back.

This image shows a Japanese copper present perched on a branch. The pheasant serves as a divine messenger for the sun god Amaterasu in Shinto mythology. This species of pheasant in particular is mentioned by the poet Kakinomoto no Hitomaro in an 8th century poetry collection, the Hyakunin Isshu:

Must I sleep alone through the long autumn nights,

Long like the dragging tail of the mountain pheasant separated from his dove?

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Artist Name Koson Ohara
Title Copper Pheasant Perching on Branch
Subject Animal & Birds
Dimensions 32.1 x 18.9 cm