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TAKARABUNE. - Two martial new year treasure ship gift prints of the 1930s.

Namikoshi Takarabune-kai & n.p. [193-?]. Two woodblock prints 26x38cm & 38x26cm. Rumpled, the first more so. Used but decent enough. ¶ These treasure ship (takarabune) new year good wishes have been produced by the million for who knows how long. The tradition is heaps of rice, wealth, maybe a lucky god or seven on board. For a few hundred years the custom is to put these under your pillow and hope for a good dream. A bad dream and you throw your print in the river. Artists of course played with the form but these two are unlike any others I've seen. Especially the ship loaded with weapons and the lone soldier with his back to us. I was convinced for some while that this must be an anti-war print but I think now it is an unironical wish for guns and tanks to be sent to China. I have seen another takarabune print produced by the Namikoshi Association around the same time and, while unusual, I see no sign of risky politics. The second print here, in which the ship has vanished beneath mass patriotism, is a cheery wish for a great spring campaign.
AUD 220.00 [Appr.: EURO 136 US$ 157.02 | £UK 119.25 | JP¥ 17624] Book number 10454

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