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Wedding celebration
© Zigen Tanabe

1000: Wedding celebration (Zigen)

Two kusudama, for husband and wife. These auspicious emblems, usually made from folded paper, may originally have been fragrant potpourris for warding off evil — the modern ones usually split and shower those below with confetti.

The artist was born in Toyama in 1970, and specialises in showy images, in his own reinterpretation of traditional Japanese themes. In 2000 he started to exhibit in the USA and now lives in New York State.

Tanabe is his family name; he signs his paintings with his given name Zigen. Note that the usual Romanisation of this would be "Jigen", but it seems that Zigen is the artist's own preference.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: Y101155 (10-1155 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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