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Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, (1760–1849)
Hokusai Sketchbooks, volume XIV, 1878
Ink on Paper
9 in. x 6 1/4 in. (22.86 cm x 15.88 cm)

Object Type: Book
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of the Johnson Family Trust
Accession Number: 2003.6.97

Alternate Title: Hokusai Manga

A gift of 16 volumes - 15 volumes of the Manga and an additional copy of Volume X.

No marks.

Black, blue and orange ink woodblock prints on paper, bound as an ehon (book).

Object Description
Volume XV from Hokusai's set of Manga, intended as primers for aspiring artists. In this series of 15 volumes, designed from around 1813 through his final years, Hokusai produced a veritable pictorial encyclopedia of Far Eastern life and legend. The series was originally intended as a set of copybooks for art students but soon made the artist's name known throughout Japan and, eventually, throughout the world. Volume XV includes 56 illustrations with black, blue and orange inks. The images depict a monkey (with text), a pastoral scene, wrestlers, a bird with fish, mountains, rabbits, wild boars, dogs, rodents, sheep, deer, foxes, bears, hunters, clams, eel, crab, squid, the ocean, an octopus eating a man, goblins, musicians, games, tea, smoking, plants, travelers, rain, botanical illustrations, roosters, geese, birds, a groom, a man in a boat, a village, nobles, and a warrior slaying a beast. 56 pages. Yellow binding with title label.

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