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Shiko Munakata, 1903-1975
Goddess with Falcon and Camellias
(Hisan no saku)

sumizur-e with artist's red Muna seal at left, and signed and dated below in penciled kanji, Shiko, and penciled English, Munakata, 1962.5.5. with artist's pine needle symbol, May 1962
17 1/8 by 12 1/4 in., 43.5 by 31.1 cm
The pine needle symbol that Munakata frequently adds to his signature was the same mark his grandfather, a blacksmith, placed on his swords, and that his father, working in the Meiji period when samurai were forbidden to carry swords, could only place on cutting tools.
The Complete Works of Shiko Munakata, Vol. 7, The World of Women (1), Kodansha, 1978, no. 121 (dated 1957)
price: $ 7,000