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The Aoki Endowment for Japanese Art

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Reika Iwami, Japanese, b. 1927
Illusions of Ginza, 1991
Ink on Paper
20.5 in. x 14.6 in.


Object Type: Print
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2009.1.41


Alternate Title: Ginza Genso

Object Description
Reika Iwami creates her rhythmical fluid world using natural wood grain patterns. Here, the glittering crescent moon illuminates Ginza Street and the retro-style gas lamps and street signs in silhouettes.

The cresent moon is applied gold leaf, with a second embossed image set at an angle. The dark black ink along the right side and bottom edge contains mica for additional sparkle.

The round logo of the Japan Print Association is embossed in the bottom right corner of the margin.

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