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Cherry Jizo
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

1000: Cherry Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The six Jizo figures look to be in a jolly mood, under an old spreading cherry tree. The inscription (folksy, rather than poetic) reads...

Yasumi-ni oide yo / sakura no oka-ni
Just come for a rest, on cherry mound...

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11427 (11-427 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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