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* Junichiro SEKINO "Zodiac 12 Years" 1980 Woodblock Print Book Ltd Ed 128 SIGNED

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Junichiro SEKINO, artist. "Junishi juninen" - "Zodiac 12 Years.” Japan: Private Publication, 1980, 31 x 22 cm, 28 woodblock printed pages. 12 woodblock prints on fine washi with beautiful bleed-through depicting the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Woodblock printed front and back covers and endpapers, decorative washi paper jacket with pasted labels. Fine string binding fukuro toji style with the pages folded over in the manner of traditional Japanese woodblock printed books. Self-Carved and Self-Printed. Brush signed and sealed by Sekino. Limited edition of 128 copies.

Junichiro Sekino (1914-1988) biography: Even before his twentieth birthday Junichiro Sekino was already involved with woodblock prints: he made them together with friends while still at High School, and he knew Shiko Munakata (a few years his senior) from boyhood (Munakata was also from Aomori prefecture). From 1932 he exhibited with the Nihon Hanga Kyokai. In the 30s he studied with Koshiro Onchi and with Senpan Maekawa. After WWII he became especially well-known in the USA, but his star rose rapidly elsewhere in the world as well. His work is characterized by its technical accomplishment and variety."--Saru Gallery

Reference: Sekino Junichiro hanga sakuhinshu, 1997, page 214 (catalog #052-books); Sekino, Mokuhanga no tanoshimi, pp 142-145.

Condition: Excellent state - fine impressions with vivid colors, Rare and fine. This copy has a “kazobon” seal that is probably either an artist proof or gift seal.

Shipping costs: International EMS (express mail service) delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $16.80 (USA), $20.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 550g.

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