Sano Gofū – 佐野五風 (1886-1974) – Timber Rafting – 木材流送


Timber rafting has existed in Japan for over 600 years. Highly skilled raftsmen guided long, roped groups of logs over many miles as a means of transport from rich areas of timber in the mountains. The practice was so highly regarded as an integral part of society, that it is still done to this day (albeit mostly for the thrill of the ride to those with the stomach for it – see the pictures below). Although trained by Takeuchi Seihō in the traditions of the Maruyama-Shijō School, Sano-san developed a unique style characterized by dynamic, angular lines and an ability to balance earthy pastels and rich colours. A good example of that style can be seen with this piece held at the MFA. He was selected for his fist Ministry of Education Exhibition at the age of 21 and was selected for further exhibitions for many decades to follow. He is held in private collections, the M.O.M.A.T., and our own personal collection (2nd last picture – not for sale).  The last picture shows a similar piece in a private collection. This piece contains 7-fold ancient auspicious symbolism in the subject matter that we will share with the buyer. Good condition (slight foxing and slight creases).

$300 CAD – Long! – 16.5″ x 80″. Comes with a sealed document of authenticity and 3 hours worth of further reading and documentary viewing. Price includes shipping worldwide! All prices in Canadian dollars. 

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