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Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, (1760–1849)
Ten Thousand Sketches by Hokusai: Ehon (book), volume V, c. 1815
Ink on Paper
8 15/16 in. x 6 1/4 in. (22.7 cm x 15.8 cm)


Object Type: Book
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of the Johnson Family Trust
Accession Number: 2003.6.87

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

Marks
Chop marks on pages 1, 4, 5 and 69.

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

Object Description
Volume V 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 V includes 56 illustrations with black, blue and orange inks. The images depict architectural elements, arches, roofs, pavilions, demons, musicians, portraits, peasants, wrestling, the ocean, gods, and a volcano. Page 1 and 2 are text, as are 59-61. 69 pages. Black binding.

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