Life and Death, Porcupine Flat

Media - 2000.76.3 - SAAM-2000.76.3_1 - 51359
Copied Chiura Obata, Life and Death, Porcupine Flat, 1930, color woodcut on paper, image: 15 1210 78 in. (39.427.6 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Obata Family, 2000.76.3, © 1989, Lillian Yuri Kodani

Artwork Details

Life and Death, Porcupine Flat
Not on view
image: 15 1210 78 in. (39.427.6 cm)
lower right in ink stamped: [artist's seal] lower right in watercolor: Chiura Obata lower left in margin in pencil: #4 back lower right in ink printed: No. (in a box) Made and printed in Japan/at Takamizawa Color-Print Studio window mat recto lower center in ink printed: El Capitán, Yosemite National Park, U.S.A.. [sic] (crossed out in felt-tipped pen and ink) window mat recto lower center in felt-tipped pen and ink: Life and Death/ Porcupine Flat, High Sierra, Claif., U.S.A. window mat recto lower right in ink printed: by Chiura Obata window mat recto lower right in pencil: #3 window mat recto lower right in ink printed: Woodcut and Color-Printed by Takamizawa window mat recto lower left embossed: [printer's chopmark] backing mat verso lower left in ink printed: Made in Japan
© 1989, Lillian Yuri Kodani
Credit Line
Gift of the Obata Family
Mediums Description
color woodcut on paper
  • Landscape
  • Landscape — tree
  • Landscape — California
  • Allegory — life
  • Allegory — death
  • Landscape — park — Yosemite National Park
Object Number


Media - 2000.76.7 - SAAM-2000.76.7_2 - 134714
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