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Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, (1760–1849)
Ten Thousand Sketches by Hokusai: Ehon (book), volume XI, c. 1834-1835
Ink on Paper
9 in. x 6 1/4 in. (22.86 cm x 15.88 cm)


Object Type: Book
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of the Johnson Family Trust
Accession Number: 2003.6.94

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

Marks
Black chop marks on pages 1 and 59.

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

Object Description
Volume XII 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 XII includes 56 illustrations with black, blue and orange inks. The images depict the Emperor, comic performers, demons, gods, peasants, a woman traveling by horseback, a musician, eating noodles, actors, a toad, turtles, fishermen, an octopus chasing men, a dragon, a man caught in a spider web, a man inspecting a woman's eye, portraits, nudes, and men entwined with water serpents. Page 1 - 2 and 59 are text. 59 pages. Olive/gray binding.

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