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Rabbits [supplied title]


(Publication Date)

Currently Documented Characteristics for Both Dark and Light Background Versions:
Attribution Markings:
Dark Background Version: [no signature]; Hodo seal
Light Background Version: Hodo signature; Takemura seal
Title-caption (right margin): [no title-caption]
Publication Date (left margin): 昭和十五年五月作 (May 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 unusual in several ways. It is only one of two (the other being the horse) which does not include a title-caption. This design like others appearing late in the series is also 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:
Since there is no caption, there is no guidance on the naming of the particular species. However, in addition to both short and long grass, the only other kind of plant shown appears to be a wild Chrysanthemum, Chrysanthemum, exact variety unknown. All chrysanthemums are called 菊, きく, キク, kiku.

Of the two rabbits, one is an albino and the other has normal wild coloration. Presumably both are the Japanese Hare, Lepus brachyurus, or else possibly Domestic Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus. The general name for any lagomorph is 兎, うさぎ, ウサギ, usagi.

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