yanagi to shirasagi
Willow and Egret
ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR THIS DESIGN
Currently Documented Characteristics for Dark Background Version:
||[no signature]; Hodo seal
|Title-caption (right margin):
||柳としらさぎ, yanagi to shirasagi, Willow and Egret
|Publication Date (left margin):
||昭和十二年七月作, produced July 1937
|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
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.
This design actually includes two botanicals, but only one is named in the Japanese caption.
Although the name for Weeping Willow, Salix babylonica, 柳, やなぎ, ヤナギ, yanagi, can also be used for any willow species or variety, the image clearly is of the classic form of weeping willow.
The rose, apparently a Rosa hybrid cultivar, is unnamed in the title. The general name for any rose is 薔薇, ばら, バラ, bara.
The egret is named as しらさぎ, shira-sagi (from 白鷺, lit. 'white-heron'), a non-technical, general name for any egret. Of the several species of egret in Japan, the image most closely matches the summer plumage of Great Egret, Ardea (Egretta) alba, 大鷺, だいさぎ, ダイサギ, dai-sagi, (lit. 'great-heron'). However, it is very possible that no particular species of egret was intended.