Version 1 copy with signature-seal combination



(Publication Date)

Currently Documented Marking Variations:
Title-caption: シャボテン, shaboten, 'cactus'
All Copies: (lower right margin)

Production Date: 昭和十五年八月作 (August 1940)
All Copies: (lower left margin)

Takemura Copyright: 版権所有 竹村秀雄, han ken sho yu Takemura Hideo, ‘printing rights held by Takemura Hideo’.
Version 1 (lower left margin below date) [illustrated above]
[No copies of Version 2: (lower right margin below title) are currently known]
[No copies of Version 3: (lower left margin) are currently known]
[No copies of Version 4: (omitted) are currently known]

Signature and Seal: 蒲堂, Ho-dou [artist]; 竹村, Take-mura [publisher]
Copies of version 1 are currently documented only with a signature and seal combination.

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.

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 labeled with its original publication date.

Species Illustrated:
Epiphyllum Cactus, Epiphyllum hybrid, is today usually called 孔雀仙人掌, くじゃくさぼてん, クジャクサボテン, kujaku-saboten, lit. 'peafowl-cactus'. The general name for any kind of cactus is 覇王樹 or 仙人掌, さぼてん, サボテン, saboten, with the reading originally derived from Portuguese sabão, 'soap'. In this title-caption another similarly derived variant, シャボテン, shaboten, is used instead.

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