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Kuroyon (Kurobe) Dam

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 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kuroyon (Kurobe) Dam

by Miyata Saburō, c. 1971-1984

Germination (2)

IHL Cat. #2298

About This Print

Miyata used this design of Kuroyon (Kurobe) Dam in Toyama Prefecture 長野県 for two nearly identical, but different size prints, as shown below. He also created an unknown number of other designs in both a large and small format. While at first look the large and small versions of this design look identical, closer inspection reveals minor differences in detail introduced during the block carving and printing of each print size.

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Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurobe_Dam
The Kurobe Dam (黒部ダム) or Kuroyon Dam (黒四ダム), is a 186 m (610 ft) high variable-radius arch dam on the Kurobe River in Toyama Prefecture 富山県, Japan. The tallest dam in Japan, it supports the 335 MW Kurobe No. 4 Hydropower Plant and is owned by Kansai Electric Power Company. It was constructed between 1956 and 1963 at a cost of ¥51.3 billion yen. The project was a difficult engineering feat for the rapidly growing post–World War II Japan, and claimed the lives of 171 people.

image source: japan-guide.com https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7554.html

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2298
黒四ダム Kuroyon damu
Kuroyon (Kurobe) Dam
 Series unknown
 Miyata Saburō (1924-2013)
ミヤタ サブロウ Miyata Saburō in kana with unread black superimposed character (possibly  or "sa")
 Publication Date c. 1971/1984
 Edition 102/300
 Publisher the artist in conjunction with the Tokyo Print Research Institute
 Tokyo Hanga Kenkyūsho 東京版画研究所
 Carver self-carved
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 10 x 11 3/4 in. (25.4 x 29.8 cm)
 H x W Image 6 7/16 x 8 5/16 in. (16.4 x 21.1 cm)
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last revision:
6/22/2021 created