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Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, (1760–1849)
Ehon (book): Hokusai Manga, Vol. 13, 1820-1878
Ink on Paper
9 x 6 5/16 in. (23 x 16 cm)

Object Type: Book
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2018.1.19

Hokusai Manga is one of the best-known e-hon books in Japan. Each volume contains interesting, often whimsical sketches and illustrations of various subjects. It has been regarded as the first publication of the very popular "manga" genre.

See also: Hillier, Jack. "The Art of the Japanese Book." London: Sotheby's Publications, 1987. ISBN: 085667317x. Pg. 813. The series is mentioned in detail.

The books were printed over a longer period:1814-1819 for the first ten volumes, 1820-1878 for volumes 11 through 15.

This edition was printed in 1973. This edition by Jitsugyo-no-Nihon-sha and it was printed by Dainihon Insatsu Kabushikigaisha.

See also 2003.6.96, Johnson Collection #93

"Hokusai Manga" is printed on the title slip on the cover.

Woodblock prints in black, white and light brown ink on paper, bound as an ehon (book).

Object Description
Volume I3 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.

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