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2014: Garden of the four seasons (Norio)

This particular style of painting is very old, having originally been taken from China in the Muromachi period (around 1400). It features flowers representing the four seasons - winter camellias, spring irises, summer bellflowers, autumn maples; and auspicious birds - peacocks (arch-enemy of snakes, and warder-off of evil), cranes (symbol of longevity), and a pair of mandarin ducks (representing fidelity).

The artist, Hikabe Norio, follows tradition by signing his painting with his given name, Norio. (But note that the reading 'Norio' is only an educated guess: these characters could have a quite different pronunciation.)

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A Yanoman puzzle: 2014 pieces; 107 x 77 cm (42" x 30")
Code: Y20158 (20-158 on box)
Retail price ¥4800

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