Ten Thousand Sketches by Hokusai: Ehon (book), volume IX, c. 1819-1820
Ink on Paper
8 15/16 in. x 6 1/4 in. (22.7 cm x 15.8 cm)
A gift of 16 volumes - 15 volumes of the Manga and an additional copy of Volume X.
Black, blue and orange ink woodblock prints on paper, bound as an ehon (book).
Volume X 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 X includes 56 illustrations with black, blue and orange inks. The images depict a musician, a magician, a dragon, demons, domestic scenes, a storm, landscape, the ocean, peasants, prisoners, dancing, and mice working as slaves. Page 1 - 2 and 59 are text. 59 pages. Blue binding. There is a color image (in green, black and red) on the inside of the front cover, which appears to be pasted over printed text.
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