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Eight Hand Shadows A2 Print


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A reproduction of the Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige’s iconic Eight Shadow Figures print. Hiroshige was one of the last great masters of the traditional ukiyo-e woodblock style and this print is an example of ‘omocha-e’: an ukiyo-e published for children as a toy during the Edo and Meiji periods.

The eight figures are a turtle on a rock, a man wearing a Chinese-style hat, a rabbit, a shachihoko (a legendary creature with the head of dragon and the body of a dolphin), an owl, a fox, a snail, and a crow. Three include written instructions on how to make the hand shadows move: “Open your fingers within your sleeve to move the owl’s wings”, “Draw up your knee for the fox’s back” and “Move the chopsticks up and down."

Fine art giclée print. Printed with archival pigment inks on 240gsm matte art paper. A reproduction based on the original image. A2 size. Unframed.

Presented in a poster tube.

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