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柿ともず (kaki to mozu) Persimmon and Shrike


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Currently Documented Version Characteristics:
Both Dark and Light Background Versions: [no signature]; Hodo 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. It is one of two designs which share the same date, March 1937, which is also the earliest date known for this series. 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:
柿, kaki, is a general name for any Persimmon, and typically for the Japanese Persimmon Diospyros kaki.

鵙, 百舌, or 百舌鳥 (now usually モズ or もず) is a general name for any shrike; and more particularly for the Bull-headed Shrike, Lanius bucephalus, which is also the species shown here.

Hodo is known to have taken inspiration from works of his contemporaries and many examples of such borrowing are well documented. Whether or not the designs are actually related, Rakusan earlier had depicted the same pairing of subjects (see link below).

Related Designs:
Rakusan 100 version

For additional persimmon designs in the primary Rakusan series see 7.