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fukurou to kiri no hana
Owl and Paulownia Flowers


(Publication Date)

Currently Documented Characteristics for Dark Background Version:
Attribution Marking: [no signature]; Hodo seal
Title-caption (right margin): 梟としらさぎ, fukurou to kiri no hana, Owl and Paulownia Flowers
Publication Date (left margin): 昭和十五年四月作 (April 1940)
Takemura Copyright (lower left margin): 版権所有 竹村秀雄, han ken sho yu Takemura Hideo, ‘printing rights held by Takemura Hideo’.

Design History:
This design is one of several in a small series which Hodo created for Takemura. It is not currently documented with a light background, but it is suspected that one was printed. 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:
The owl is named as 梟, ふくろう, フクロウ, fukurou, which is used here as a non-technical, general name for any owl. The idealized owl illustrated is not a match for any of the species of owls found in Japan. Although today 梟 is used especially for the Ural Owl, Strix uralensis, it cannot be that species since the bird in this image has feather 'horns' on its head which the Ural Owl lacks.

桐, きり, キリ, kiri, Paulownia (also called Princess Tree, Empress Tree, or Foxglove Tree), Paulownia tomentosa, is a widely planted tree with showy flowers.

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