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A ring stands upright, apparently defying gravity, with a small bird, a sphere, and an hourglass in front of it. Little flowers, seeds, and leaves surround them in an arc. The repetition of the round shape is suggestive of both circularity and completeness, creating the impression that some kind of miracle is occurring in which linear time overlaps with eternity.
Hasegawa Kiyoshi, who is known to have likened himself to a small bird, stated: “You must first pass through the visible world on earth in order to get to the invisible world. However, the visible world is much smaller. It is what I depict in my still-life pictures.” This bird, with its small round eye positioned in the center of the picture, might also be counted among the self-portraits of a printmaker who in his art pursued the depiction of time, despite its invisibility.