This piece is a Kansetsu-ho (Indirect) Gyotaku print of a Mahi Mahi, or Dophin fish (Coryphaena hippurus) , printed on 8 mm Habotai Silk and presented as a banner.
Mahi Mahi can be found in offshore temperate, topical, sub tropical waters world wide. The have dorsally compressed bodes, making them good candidates for Gyotaku printing. endowed with electrified neon like colors, they fade in essence the moment they are removed from water. Mahi Mahi are prized sport and food fish.
Kansetsu-ho , or Indirect Gyotaku is a printing method that involves securing a piece of China silk to a prepared fish , and gently applying inks to the silk with applicators called tampos. the contours of the fish and its scales make themselves known through the silk and can be seen in the patterning of the ink layers on the silk. It has a softer, more detailed appearance than Chokusetsu-ho (Direct Gyotaku) and is often a better approach to recreated small scaled fish.