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Japanese Woodblock Print Summer Auction - 21 August 2021

Japanese Woodblock Print  Summer Auction - 21 August 2021
JG Auction is announcing the next live auction to be held on 21st of August 2021 at 2:00 GMT. On sale will be a wide selection of original Japanese ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) including works by Hiroshige I Utagawa, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Chikanobu Yoshu, and Utamaro Kitagawa.Registration to the ...
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Hokusai Katsushika at Uniqlo, Oxford Street London

Hokusai Katsushika at Uniqlo, Oxford Street London
As part of their UT Graphic T-shirt collection, Japanese wear retailer Uniqlo are celebrating the arrival of their latest range, Hokusai Fujiyama. In conjunction with this and exclusively at Uniqlo Oxford Street store in London, you can now see on display original book volumes from Hokusai ...
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Guide to Standard Woodblock Print Sizes

Guide to Standard Woodblock Print Sizes
Hosho paper (奉書紙) is a washi (和紙) paper made of mulberry tree bark fibres and was commonly used for the production of Japanese woodblock prints. It was strong enough to withstand the pressure of a tool called the baren (馬連) when it was rubbed over the paper, but was soft enough to ...
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Katsukawa School (1760s-1810s)

Katsukawa School (1760s-1810s)
More prints depicting actors of the kabuki theatre were produced in the Edo period (1603-1868) than all other subjects combined. The beginning of the 18th century saw the popularity of kabuki theatre expanding to the society at large. The dramatic growth in number, variety, and quality of actor ...
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Shoki the Demon Hunter

Shoki the Demon Hunter
Charms and amulets have been a popular means of protection against illness for the longest time. In the past, such a misfortune was considered to have supernatural origin, as well as natural causes. Belief in supernatural forces, such as the evil eye or witchcraft, was deeply rooted into the ...
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The Water of Atonement

The Water of Atonement
Images of water are often depicted within the tattoos of multiple cultures, whether as the ocean, seas or in other forms. Within the West these are often featured alongside ships and sea creatures. While other cultures sometimes opt to use the symbology of water in more abstract forms, a common ...
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The Majestic Lady

The Majestic Lady
Depictions of women are a common feature of tattoos around the globe. Traditionally in the West they are often drawn in a burlesque style as well as mermaids being popular among sailors. Within Japan depictions of females takes on a different form. Historically, there are two common female tattoo ...
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Japan’s Fleeting Beauty

Japan’s Fleeting Beauty
Flora and fauna are widely used within Japanese tattoos, enhancing the design and framing the main image, often overlooked and only appreciated for their visual impact. In Western cultures we also see this use of plants in design, with different plants holding deeper meaning for different cultures ...
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The Beautiful and Shrewd Fox

The Beautiful and Shrewd Fox
Japanese folklore is rich in stories of creatures, real and mythical, that come to life in tattoo designs. While dragons, tigers, and koi fish are some of the most popular choices for symbolism, none can match the mysterious aura of the fox. Depicting a Japanese fox in a tattoo can be quite tricky ...
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Firemen and Tattoos in Japanese Woodblock Prints

Firemen and Tattoos in Japanese Woodblock Prints
Back in the 17th and up to the 19th century, the city of Edo (today’s Tokyo) was under constant threat of fire. Closely built houses were made of highly flammable materials and the presence of candles, paper lanterns, charcoal braziers and open stoves added to the danger. Frequent earthquakes, ...
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