Shusui Taki "Koi no Takinobori"
Shusui Taki (born 1938)
"Koi no Takinobori" (A Carp Swimming up the Rapids)
Series: Irezumi Ai Junisoroi (Tattoo, Twelve Pieces)
30 x 10" print size, 68 x 15 1/2" scroll size
Edition: A.P. 2/8
Japanese woodblock print mounted to a silk scroll
32 blocks and 35 impressions were used in printing
"Imagining the water pouring from a wooden bucket as a waterfall, I portrayed carp climbing the waterfall on her back. During the Edo period (1603-1867), this popular tattoo motif was believed to bring good fortune, because of the resemblance of the carp scales to Koban - oval-shaped gold coins." Shusui Taki
A few spots of light foxing and a few scratches on the print from it being rolled, all else is fine. Its seems to have never been displayed.
This a a very rare print and one of his finest works.