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Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, (1760–1849)
Picture Book of Selected Tang Poems, Seven Syllables, Ehon (book), volume II, 1833
Ink on Paper
8 15/16 in. x 6 1/8 in. (22.7 cm x 15.56 cm)


Object Type: Book
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of the Johnson Family Trust
Accession Number: 2003.6.53

Commentary
"Toshi Sen Ehon": Complete set of Vol. 1 to Vol. 5. Selected five-syllable poems from the T'ang period. Total of 42 single-page and 13 double-page illustrations. This compilation of Chinese poems, "T'ang shih hsuan" (Selected Tang Poems; To Shi Sen in Japanese) was published by a Ming dynasty scholar, Li P'an-lung (1514-70). The poem book was very popular in China and Japan, where many illustrated versions were created. Signature "Zen Hokusai I'itsu hitsu" is printed as the artist on the front page of Vol. 1. Dated 1833. The books were constructed in the traditional "fukurotoji" manner. The illustrations are in black-and-white.
See also 2003.6.52 - 56

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Chop on page 1.

Medium
Black ink woodblock prints bound in book form.

Object Description
Volume II from a five volume set of books, with brown paper covers. Page 2 is text. Features 14 single page illustrations and 1 double page illustration relating to Chinese verse (tiger, dragon, women, travelers, plants), interspersed with text. 30 pages.

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