8 X 11 inches. Woodblock print depicting irises and grasshopper.
Original woodblock print, 13.5 x 11 inches, attributed to Katsushiki Hokusai, a revered and prolific Japanese artist. Many different crabs against a light blue background. Hokusai was one of the most famous artists of his time. He was exceedingly deft in portraying his contemporaries in their everyday tasks. This led him to create a series of woodblock printed books called his drawings, his manga. It is a classic text book, with many images on each page, showing a variety of people or things, similar to the common crabs here.
Front label misspells the name, lists it as "Hokussai"; should be Hokusai. Registrar's printout also lists the artist's last name as Hokusai, first name as Katsushika; bear in mind that Japanese reverses the order we are used to in the West. So, Katsushika is the surname/family name; Hokusai, the name by which he is best known, is the personal name. On the back, says it was done 1820-30. This print is a page from Hokusai's Manga, a printed set of his sketchbooks, containing various figural, landscape, and bird-and-flower compositions, with a limited color palette involving the use of 3 blocks: the key block, which prints the black lines; a block inked for the flesh tones; and a block inked with light blue for the clothing. This particular page of the Manga shows male figures in various physical poses: the top two are bending/stretching, w. arms wrapped around legs, and hands clutching ankles. The middle two figures are seated and clutching each other's shoulders. The lower two are seated, and are engaged in leg wrestling.
Double page woodblock printed book illustration; ink and color on paper. Depicts a courtier and attendant kneeling before a priest, who is unrolling a handscroll. Although aesthetically pleasing, the condition of this print is somewhat problematic (paper soiled). It is a good example of the type of illustrated books that were so popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries in Japan.