菖蒲
shoubu
Japanese Iris

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(arbitrary identification)


ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR THIS DESIGN
Currently Documented Version Characteristics:
Title-caption (right margin): 菖蒲, shoubu, 'Japanese Iris'
Takemura Copyright (lower right margin): 版権所有 竹村秀雄, han ken sho yu Takemura Hideo, ‘printing rights held by Takemura Hideo’.
[Versions are documented both with and without the Hodo signature and Takemura seal. The illustration above is the original version without these markings.]

Design History:
This design is one of several in a small series of garden flowers which Hodo created for Takemura. Although this series was in direct imitation of Maria Gabo's Western Flowers Series, this particular design does not have a direct counterpart in that series. However, there are other kinds of iris shown in that series.

Because there are almost certainly additional designs which remain to be documented, this series has not yet been assigned sequence numbers. For now the design is arbitrarily labeled with an alphabetic character since there is no publication date included in the margin.

Species Illustrated:
Japanese Iris, Iris ensata, 菖蒲, しょうぶ , ショウブ, shoubu, lit. 'bullrush iris', is one of several Japanese iris species. Many color variations and flower forms have been developed by Japanese breeders.


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