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Ohara Koson (Shoson). 1877-1945.

Bats Against a Full Moon. 1933.Otanzaku: 13 7/8 x 7 1/8 (sheet 14 1/2 x 7 7/16). Publisher: Daikokuya. Illustrated: Newland an Uhlenbeck, Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga, p. 201; Newland et al. Crows, Cranes & Camellias,p. 138, checklist K41.3, catalog 135. "Made in Japan" stamp verso. A fine impression with subtle "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" to outline of moon, bats, and tree. Good original condition. An extremely rare image. Signed and sealed Shoson. Housed in an original 19 x 11 1/8-inch mat. $1,450.

Two bats circle a willow tree, one silhouetted against a full moon.

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