Fine old detailed watercolor painting of a Japanese temple, signed at lower left "S. Numabe" or "S. Numade", the work itself 18" by 25". I can't find a listing for the name but the work is so fine that I am certain a collector of travel and exploration art will find this very interesting. I lean towards the work probably dating to the early 20th century. This complex and impressive work was awkwardly framed years ago, without glass, in a simple wood frame. The paper was amateurishly affixed at corners/edges to an old illustration board, then crudely stuffed into the cheap framing situation, causing ballooning of the paper. the pressure eventually causing a roughly horizontal 8" tear in the brittle paper at lower right, and loss of the extreme right lower corner. I imagine that could all be repaired. The watercolor needs to be removed from frame and flattened, then reframed with a proper mat. It is a survivor for sure. I've tried my best to illustrate the condition situation. The detail is fine, the colors mellow and delicate; all in all I think it is a rarely seen and unusual item. From comparison to image online, I believe this likely to be the Toshogu Shrine at Nikko.
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