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Common Snipe


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Currently Documented Version Characteristics:
Light Background Version: Hodo signature; Takemura seal; title-caption (right margin); publication date over Takemura copyright statement (left margin)

Design History:
This design is one of several in a small series which Hodo created for Takemura. Although as yet no dark background version has been documented, one is believed to have been printed. This design like others appearing late in the series is unusual in having a light background version which has a different signature and seal combination from that used earlier. Because there are almost certainly designs which remain to be documented, this series has not yet been assigned sequence numbers. For now the design is labeled with its original publication date taken from the left margin.

Species Illustrated:
Although only the bird is named in the title-caption, the composition includes one or two kinds of plants growing in the water.

Common Snipe (Paddyfield Snipe), Gallinago gallinago, 田鴫, 田鷸, たしぎ, タシギ, ta-shigi, lit. 'field shorebird'. Historically, 鴫 (also written 鷸, しぎ, シギ), shigi, can be translated as 'snipe', but it is more often today rendered as 'sandpiper'. A better English equivalent is 'shorebird' since the meaning actually includes any bird in the families Scolopacidae or Rostratulidae.

Common Reed , Phragmites australis, 蘆, 芦, 葦, 葭, あし, アシ, ashi, 'reed' is a native waterplant found in Japan and much of temperate South and East Asia. The Japanese name is also a general one for 'reed' and refers to any similar species. Here the vegetation is rendered very abstractly, and it is possible that an additional kind of grass is also represented.

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