prickly holly

ちくちくヒイラギ

9 November 1964, USA
Christmas / Holly

This colour combination is from nature, and very seasonal. I learnt an additional reason why Holly is for Christmas – it relates to Christ’s crown of thorns.

I think the intaglio print method suits the expression of the prickly character of holly leaves – and let us imagine how uncomfortable to have to wear a wreath of Holly on your head.

西洋ヒイラギのこの色合いは、自然のままで季節感もぴったりです。そして、最近知ったのは、キリストが十字架にかかった時にヒイラギの枝の輪を頭に載せた絵がたくさんあって、それもクリスマスと結びつく理由のようです。

エッジの効いた凹版切手は、ヒイラギの葉の表現にぴったりで、こんなちくちくを頭に載せたらきっと痛かったよね、、ということも想像させてくれます。

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