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Two Owls – “Anyo Anyo” Iwao Akiyama

Iwao Akiyama
Date: 1976
Edition Number: 73 / 100
Signature: Signed, numbered and dated in pencil by the artist. Artist stamp in red.

One of Iwao Akiyama’s most recognised images is the owl. The Japanese script is based on a haiku poem similar to the haiku “Anyo Anyo Anyo Ya Haha wo Chikaramochi” by Toson Shimaoka.

The print depicts the emotions of a child who has lost their mother. Iwao Akiyama lost his mother during childhood, and the print may well recalling this loss.However, there are also fond memories within the image, as the title “Haha wa Higasa Mochi” means “the mother holding a parasol”. It is suggested that this refers to the child’s sentiment, remembering the kindness and thoughtfulness of their mother, who used to hold a parasol during her lifetime (“Haha” used in Japanese only when referring to ones own mother).

Artwork Condition: The print is in very good condition and is on the flecked Japanese paper usually used by Akiyama. There is just a slight a variation in colour on the paper around the mount window, from a previous mount.
Framing: Supplied mounted on conservation quality mount-board and a reconditioned modern solid wood frame. The frame shows some minor wear, but is in good condition and ready to hang.

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Size Information
Paper Size: 230 x 301 mm | 9.0 x 11.8 inches
Frame Size: 440 x 527 mm | 17.3 x 20.7 inches
Mount Window Size: 213 x 278 mm | 8.3 x 10.9 inches