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Chrysanthemum moon
© Haruyo

420: Chrysanthemum moon (Haruyo)

This is a cropped version of the original "Chrysanthemum" in this series, portraying a courtesan in a kimono of deep blue and gold, with an obi of purple, decorated with peacock feathers. The original version includes a comment by Haruyo, "With noble heart..." — a fitting phrase, remembering that the chrysanthemum is the symbol of the Japanese Imperial crown.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52152 (52-152 on box)
Retail price ¥1800

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