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CY93302: Japanese Collagraph, Yanai Tsuguo, Broken Heart

Japanese Collagraph, Yanai Tsuguo, Broken Heart


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CY93302
Japanese Collagraph Print by Tsuguo Yanai (b. 1953, Hagi, Yamaguchi), titled “Broken Heart” in Japanese with the printing number 2/30 under the image on the left and pencil signature “’84” to the right. Exhibited and purchased at the 30th CWAJ Print Show in Tokyo 1985.
Measuring: 24-1/2” high x 18” wide, Framed and Glazed 32” high x 24-3/4” wide.
Excellent condition.
$900.
$900.00
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CY93303: Lithograph by Hodaka Yoshida

Lithograph, Hodaka Yoshida, 1975


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CY93303
Japanese lithograph by Hodaka Yoshida (1926-1995), dated’75 and numbered 18/75 of a young nude woman reclining on some flowers with a mail box behind. From the series of House & Nudes, Transition B created in the years between 1974 & 1979.
Fine Condition.
Measuring 7-1/2” x 6-1/4”, Framed and glazed, 16” x 14-1/2”.
$250.
$250.00
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EH80001: Plum Blossoms Scroll, Tani Buncho

Plum Blossoms Scroll, Tani Buncho


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EH80001
Japanese ink on paper painting of Plum Blossoms and Poem, scroll mounting, signature & single seal: Tani Buncho (1763 - 1840). A famous and prolific literati (bunjin) painter and poet, who focused largely on Chinese inspired landscapes. He spent many years in Nagasaki where he studied Chinese and Western art with traders there. This painting of a simple traditional curving Prunus stump, having a few vertical shoots with buds, along side a calligraphic colophon (untranslated). Japanese printed silk informal scroll mounting style popular in the early part of the 20th century, missing the scroll roller end mounts. Kiri wood storage box.
Painting paper with some minor horizontal creases from rolling, otherwise fine condition.
Mounting measures overall: 71 inches long x 11-1/4 inches wide. Painting measures 39-5/8 inches long x 10-1/4 inches wide.
19th century.
$750.
$750.00
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ES80009: Vintage Koransha Vase

Vintage Koransha Vase


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ES80009
Vintage Japanese Koransha Porcelain Vase, solid cobalt blue glaze with overglaze decoration of a double blossom rendered in textured two tone gold of a Shunran Noble Orchid with thin leaves extending around the body of the vase. Wooden Storage box with signature(Tomobako)
Excellent condition.
9-3/4 in. high x 7 in. in diameter. (25cm x 18cm)
Box: 11 x 8 x 8
3 lbs. 8 oz. (1580g.)
Circa 1980
$80.

Provenance: 
Parker & Evelyn Sroufe, Seattle.
$80.00
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ES80012: Bunjinga Chinese Scholars, Yosa Buson

Bunjinga Chinese Scholars, Yosa Buson 


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ES80012
Yosa Buson (1716 - 1783)
Bunjinga painting of Chinese scholars at leisure with their attendants, ink and colours on paper. A cacophony of  human figures, the scholars in their cross body and belted robes distinguished by their winged caps, all in some form of enjoyment in reclining or seated positions well attended to by numerous male youths, fans, chairs, cart and a horse. The figures all depicted in a black ink outline and further colours to depict the costumes and paraphernalia. All an imagined  fantasy of what scholar’s lives would have been like during the Song Dynasty. A Japanese literati style of painting in the Chinese wen-jen tradition.
Dated: Meiwa yonnen haru nigatsu (Meiwa fourth year (1767) spring, second month) 
Inscribed: Sha Shunsei Buson  謝春星蕪村, shai (freehand) 写意 
Vermillion Seals: Shunsei Shi 春星氏 & Gasendō 雅仙堂 
Informal Chinese style scroll mounting with brocade surround, scroll ends missing. Kiri wood storage box. 
Condition: Minor age discoloration and minor subtle creases. 
Painting: 52-1/2 in. high x 22-1/4 in. wide (133.5cm x 56.5cm) 
Scroll Mounting: 75 in. high x 26-1/2 in. wide. (190.5cm x 67.2cm) 
Storage box: 29-1/4 in. x 3-1/4 in. x 3 in. (74.3cm x 8.3cm x 7.8cm) 
2 lbs. 5 oz. (1030g.) 
$1600.

Provenance: 
Paul Isho, Seattle 
Honeychurch Antiques, Seattle 1984 
Parker & Evelyn Sroufe, Seattle

Biography: 
Yosa Buson is celebrated both as one of the greatest haiku poets of all time and as an exceptional painter. In both art forms, he focused on conveying a  fleeting sensation, often connecting human experience and the natural world. 

Buson’s  first art was poetry. Born to a family of farmers in a village outside Osaka, he moved to the metropolis of Edo (present-day Tokyo) at the age of 20 to become a disciple of the haiku poet Hayano Hajin (1676–1742). After Hajin’s death, Buson spent nine years traveling through northern Japan, retracing the steps of the revered seventeenth-century haiku poet Matsuo Basho (1644–1694). Buson would eventually be credited, along with Basho, with developing haiku into a major literary art form. 

In the late 1750’s, Buson moved to Kyoto. He built a loyal following of his own poetry disciples but, reluctant to earn money from poetry, he focused on painting as a source of income. He became increasingly interested in Chinese painting styles, then accessible primarily through printed books, and experimented with various modes. His technique improved rapidly, and by the late 1760s he had become a leading artist in the newly emerging genre of literati painting.

Unlike traditional schools of painting in Japan, which were based on apprenticeship training within a family and often entailed a distinctive stylistic “brand,” literati painting can be described as an attitude toward the act of making pictures. Inspired by Chinese precedents, literati painting is an art form that emphasizes self-expression and calligraphic brushwork. In Japan, it was taken up within a broad framework of shared appreciation of Chinese poetry, philosophy, and pictorial models. For Buson and his contemporaries, Chinese was ingrained from childhood as their primary written language; Chinese texts had long been available in manuscript and printed form. Chinese literati paintings were still rare in Japanese collections, so access to visual models came mainly through imported printed books. - Portland Art Museum

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ES80013: Four Suibokuga Kano Tokinobu

Set of Four Antique Japanese Suibokuga by Kano Tokinobu


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ES80013
Set of Four Antique Japanese Suibokuga by Kano Tokinobu, sumi-e ink on paper paintings illustrating an acolyte at a riverbank, two egrets and two landscapes containing buildings, trees and ship masts. Each painting with 3 vermillion seals of the artist in the lower corners. Japanese dry mount paper on a wood frame with thin brocade border, silver leafed surround and lacquered wood outer frame.
Condition: Minor signs of age, wear, stains and repairs otherwise fine condition.
Age: Painting Edo Period, circa 1670. Mounting circa 1985.
Each Image: 51-1/2 in. x 20-1/2 in. (131cm x 52cm) 
Each Mount: 59-1/4 in. x 25-1/4 in. (150cm x 64cm)
Weight: 22 lbs.
$12,000. set of 4

Provenance:
with Honeychurch Antiques, Seattle 1988
Parker & Evelyn Sroufe, Seattle

Kano Tokinobu 狩野時信 (1642-1678)
The artist is the adopted son of Kano Eishin Yasunobu, founder of the Nakabashi Kano line. Worked in Edo: became chief oku eshi to the shogunate.. In 1674 with his father painted some screens for the Shishinden of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto. Because of his early death there are few known works extant. 

For other examples by this artist see: 
Museum of Fine Arts Boston 11.4415 & 11.4416 & 11.6754
British Museum 1881,1210,0.237

$12000.00
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NG75013: Mitsuore Ningyo

Mitsuore ningyo


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NG75013
Japanese Mitsuore ningyo of a girl, a jointed costume doll crafted of wood and covered in multiple layers of burnished gofun, made to stand as well as kneel, fabric and wire upper arms to facilitate costuming, a beautiful modeled face with open mouth displaying teeth and tongue, glass inset eyes and silk hair, jointed at the neck, hip and knees.
Minor gofun restorations, otherwise fine condition. New Kimono.
Standing 10-1/2 in. high.
Meiji period, circa 1870.
$3200.
$3200.00
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NG75014: Kakehana, Bamboo Wall Vase

Kakehana, Bamboo Wall Vase


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NG75014
Japanese Kakehana (wall hanging vase) crafted of one thick segment of bamboo with two cutouts and front panel carved to resemble smaller segments of bamboo.
Signature at the side.
Excellent condition.
10-3/4 in. high x 2-1/8" in diameter.
Weight: 10 oz.
Early 20th century.
$650.
$650.00
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NG75017: Gift Bearing Kofuku Gosho Ningyo

Gift Bearing Kofuku Gosho Ningyo


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NG75017
Japanese Kofuku no inori Gosho Ningyo (a good luck prayer palace doll) of a kneeling boy holding a gold lacquered presentation box, a wish for prosperity, costumed in a orange chirimen painted bib with good luck images,the form carved of wood and covered in multiple layers of burnished gofun with painted features.
Condition: Hair and bib pigment losses, gofun restorations and surface cracks at the right cheek, arms, back and base otherwise good condition.
5 in. high.
Edo period, circa 1800.
$2800.
$2800.00
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NG75024: Bamboo & Wood Stand

Bamboo and Wood Display Stand


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NG75024
Japanese bamboo and rosewood display stand, used for Ikebana or an Okimono in the Tokonoma, center floating panel with upright bamboo veneer decoration on the sides with rosewood trim and window design on either end.
Fine condition.
4-1/4 in. high x 21-1/4 in. x 13 in.
4.5 lbs.
Meiji Period, Late 19th century.
$900.
$900.00
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NG75033: Fish Shaped Jizai

Fish Shaped Jizai (hearth fulcrum)


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NG75033
Japanese Yokogi, a fish shaped fulcrum for the pot hook assembly over the hearth, a naively carved Tai (Sea Bream) with large head pierced for the hooked pole and the large tail pointed upward with a metal loop for the cord attachment, light incised carving for facial details and scales, encrusted patina from use. Wood storage box made of hinoki. 
Excellent condition.
5-7/8 in. high x 14-3/4 in. long x 4 in. wide.
Weight: 4 lbs. 4 oz.
Late Edo, Circa 1800.
$4500.

Published in a Japanese newspaper with an article by Ken Domon (legendery photographer) in 1964 (article and translation available).

Provenance:
with Kingo Kondo, Kyoto 1964
Ken Domon, Tokyo

For a similar example see: Robert Moes, Mingei: Japanese Folk Art from the Brooklyn Museum Collection, #54 pp. 100-101. With the informative following information:
  Tai (sea bream, red snapper), especially the ones caught in certain parts of the Japan Sea, are among the most delicious fish in the world and make the best sashimi (sliced raw fish). Though expensive, tai is extremely popular in Japan. Tai is pronounced the same as the last syllable of the word medetai, which means “happy, propitious, auspicious”. Therefore, the tai fish became a symbol of happiness and is served at all felicitous occasions. Ebisu, one of the Shichifukujin. The Seven Gods of Good Fortune, always holds a tai under one arm and a fishing pole in the other. Ebisu is the God of Daily Food and patron deity of fisherman.
  The tai is also associated with the Tanabata Festival, one of Japan’s most popular annual celebrations. On the seventh night of the seventh month, a huge float in the shape of a tai is pulled through the streets of many Japanese towns. The Tai float symbolizes the happiness of the event; the only night during the year when the Weaver (the star Vega) and her husband, The Herdsman (the star Altair), are allowed to meet (the two stars are in conjunction in the Milky Way that night). The story goes that the Weaver’s father, the Lord of Heaven, forbade her to join her husband more than one night a year.
  A pothook-adjuster is usually carved in some fanciful form having auspicious and protective symbolism. In addition to the felicitous symbolism of the tai, a fish-shaped yokogi symbolizes the presence of  water and magically prevents the fire in the hearth from starting a conflagration and destroying the house. Beyond the special symbolism of the tai, fish in general are considered felicitous because they seem happy in their element, swimming merrily in the water, unaware of mankind’s problems. 
$4500.00
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NG81015: Bronze Egret Incense Burner

Bronze Egret Incense Burner


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NG81015
Japanese bronze incense burner in the charming cast form of a stylized egret standing on one leg with the left leg extended up and forward, the head held back with the long beak pointing heavenward, fine detail and patina, the body serves as the incense receptacle with detachable wing cover having individual feather and key fret border detail and the main smoke aperture being the mouth, complete with a wood base wired to the bronze for stability.
Fine genuine patina, two of the three wing apertures encrusted, evidence of minor repairs, otherwise fine condition.
1
1 in. high x 7-1/4 in. wide x 4-1/2 in. deep. 
Weight: 2lbs. 3oz.
Early 20th century.
$2000.

$2000.00
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NG81016: Bronze Goose Incense Burner

Bronze Goose Incense Burner


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NG81016
Antique Japanese bronze incense burner in the charming cast form of a goose, standing on both webbed feet, broad body serving as the incense burning receptacle with long outstretched neck and head raised high with beak open in mid-call, the detailed wings serve as the cover with one aperture of an upturned feather serving as the lid finial.
Genuine patina from use, neck is not hollow, otherwise fine condition.
10-3/4 in. high x 3-1/4 in. wide x 6-3/4 in. long.
2 lbs. (892g.)
Early 20th century.
$2400.

$2400.00
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NG81017: Bronze Bird Incense Burner

Bronze Bird Incense Burner


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NG81017
Antique Japanese bronze incense burner, in the form of a bird perched on one foot on a tall rocky outcropping, the bird’s head looking back with open mouth and pierced removable wings revealing the incense chamber, the left foot partially clenched, gilt highlights on the rock and the bird’s head.
Minor signs of wear otherwise excellent condition.
10-1/2 in. high.
19th century.
$4200.

$4200.00
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NG83110: Japanese Carpenter’s Tool Chest

Japanese Carpenter's Tool Chest


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NG83110
Japanese Carpenter’s tool chest, constructed of Cedar (sugi, Cryptomeria japonica), persimmon stain with the drawer interiors constructed of Paulownia (kiri; Paulownia tomentosa), configured as a stack of ten drawers, the lowest two being slightly larger then the rest, all having copper warabite (fiddle head fern) shaped handles, waxed finish.
Excellent condition.
Measuring: 25” High x 9-1/2” Wide x 12” Deep.
Weight: 12 lbs. 6 oz.
Meiji Period, circa 1900.
$1400.

For a smaller example see: Koizumi, Traditional Japanese Furniture, #117, p.80.
$1400.00
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NG83130: Japanese Keyaki Tansu

Japanese Keyaki Tansu


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NG83130
Japanese Merchant’s Chest (choba-dansu), Toyama, the front entirely constructed of keyaki (Zelkova serrata), original fuki-urushi lacquer finish, completed with hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtusa) configured with five lower drawers, one of these drawers with square lockplate, sliding door compartment, center lock pin, rectangular door pulls concealing one shelf and two small drawers made of kiri (Paulownia tomentosa), and one large drawer on top with square lock plate, diamond chrysanthemum detail, the iron handles in gumbai (fan outline) form, rectangular escutcheons.
Fine condition.
Measuring: 35-3/4 in. h x 35-3/4 in. w x 16-3/4 in. d.
Weight 69lbs.
Circa 1880.
$8500.
$8500.00
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NG83131: Japanese Karuma-dansu

Japanese Karuma-dansu


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NG83131
Japanese Kuruma-dansu, a wheeled storage chest traditionally kept in the Kura (storeroom) containing valuables, thus the wheels are for quick evacuation, this version constructed of Hinoki (Japanese Cypress) with a Kuri (Chestnut) carriage, slatted doors and sides concealing four interior drawers, all original construction and finish.
Signs of wear, excellent condition.
Measuring: 34-1/2 in. High x 60-1/2 in. Wide x 27-1/4 in. Deep.
Edo period, circa 1850.
$9000.
$9000.00
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NG83141: Japanese Takeda Ministers

Japanese Takeda Ministers


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NG83141
Japanese Takeda Hina Ningyo, of a pair of seated ministers for the Girl’s day display, each costumed in matching brocades characteristics the house of Takeda, supported on lacquered and gold painted box bases, each with swords, arrows and bow, the heads carved of wood with several layers of burnished gofun, painted features and inset hair, one figure representing a young man with black hair and the other representing an old man with white hair. Gofun crack to young minister’s chin and old minister’s cheek, minor signs of wear and losses otherwise fine condition. Original wood storage boxes.
Each Measuring: 19 in. High x 12 in. Wide x 10 in. Deep.
Edo period, circa 1820.
$2500./pair
$2500.00
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NG84004: Mitate Kofuku Gosho Ningyo

Mitate Kofuku Gosho Ningyo


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NG84004
apanese Kofuku-no-inori gosho ningyo (a good luck wish palace doll) of a plump kneeling male child holding a bird cage in front of him with a bird in the palm of his right hand, traditionally given amongst the nobility as a wish for freedom from the compulsory residence in Edo, all carved of wood covered in multiple layers of burnished gofun with painted features, applied and couched chirimen bib and applied hair, all on a silk and brocade cushion.
Minor surface restorations and cracks on the left arm, otherwise fine condition. Wood storage box.
6-5/8 in. high.
Edo Period, circa 1820.
$4500.
$4500.00
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NG84006: Gambling Kofuku Gosho Ningyo

Gambling Kofuku Gosho Ningyo


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NG84006
Japanese Kofuku-no-inori gosho ningyo (a good luck wish palace doll) of a plump male child kneeling with a game board in front of him, traditionally given amongst the nobility as a wish for good fortune in gambling endeavors and competitions, all carved of wood covered in multiple layers of burnished gofun with painted features, applied and painted chirimen bib and traces of the applied hair.
Gofun restorations and several surface cracks at the legs, right temple, back and base otherwise good condition.
5-5/8 in. high.
Edo Period, circa 1820.
$3000.
$3000.00
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NG84007: Kofuku Treasures Gosho Ningyo

Kofuku Treasures Gosho Ningyo 


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NG84007
Japanese Kofuku-no-inori gosho ningyo (a good luck wish palace doll) of a plump male child seated with one leg tucked under and the other bent forward, holding symbols of mythical treasures the chintamani and the treasure cloak, traditionally given amongst the nobility as a wish for obtaining good fortune and treasures, all carved of wood covered in multiple layers of burnished gofun with painted features, applied and painted chirimen bib and two black cut velvet insets at the top of the head. Contemporary purple chirimen display cushion.
Minor pigment losses and signs of age otherwise fine condition.
3-1/8 in. high.
Edo Period, circa 1820.
$1500.
$1500.00
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NG84008: Small Kofuku Inubako Gosho Ningyo

Small Kofuku Inubako Gosho Ningyo 


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NG84008
Japanese Kofuku-no-inori gosho ningyo (a good luck wish palace doll) of a plump kneeling male child holding an inu-baku (an akita puppy shaped decorative storage box usually shown as part of a Hina Matsuri display), traditionally given amongst the nobility as a wish for good fortune, all carved of wood covered in multiple layers of burnished gofun with painted features, applied and painted chirimen bib and black cut velvet inset at the top of the head. Contemporary purple chirimen display cushion.
Minor pigment losses and signs of age otherwise fine condition.
2-1/4 in. high.
Edo Period, circa 1820.
$550.
$550.00
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NG84009: Small Kofuku Longevity Gosho Ningyo

Small Kofuku Longevity Gosho Ningyo


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NG84009
Japanese Kofuku-no-inori gosho ningyo (a good luck wish palace doll) of a plump kneeling male child holding a crane under his right arm, traditionally given amongst the nobility as a wish for longevity, all carved of wood covered in multiple layers of burnished gofun with painted features, applied and painted chirimen bib and applied hair.
Minor surface restorations, hair loss, otherwise fine condition.
2-1/8 in. high.
Edo Period, circa 1820.
$600.
$600.00
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NG84010: Standing Tachiko Gosho Ningyo

Standing Tachiko Gosho Ningyo


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NG84010
Japanese Tachiko Gosho Ningyo, standing male figure with ikat patterned purple chirimen silk kimono with tea green lining and brocade obi costume. All carved of Kiri wood (Paulownia) with fabric and wire arms, covered in multiple layers of burnished gofun, inset hair and painted features. Mounted on a contemporary bronze stand.
Gofun restorations and surface cracks on the body, otherwise fine condition.
14 in. high overall.
Edo period, circa 1820.
$6400.
$6400.00
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