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    Roof Detail

    Detail of the tiled roofline at the Meiji Shrine.

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    Ceramic vase (body detail)

    This is an example of Japanese exported ceramics called “Satsuma ware,†which is characterized by eggshell-colored, clay bodies with finely crackled transparent glazes and painted decoration in gold and other warm tones. After the 1873 Vienna world fair, Satsuma ware became popular and spread to different cities in Japan. However, Satsuma wares were largely produced in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Yokohama. The motifs, which somehow function as a display for different kinds of ceramics/cups/plate, attempted to impress the viewers (foreigners) with the wealth of the discoveries and purchases.

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    Japanese Porcelain Plate

    9 1/4" X 9 1/4" X 3 1/2" round plate with floral motif in the center.

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    Family photo from Photo Album of Osaka and Kobe with Gold Lacquer Decorated Cover

    H: 10.75", W: 14", D: 2.25". Exterior has relief design of geese and flora with stream on front; ivory and mother-of-pearl inlay; back decorated with insects and plants in gold leather spine; hand tinted photographs of places, mainly in Osaka and Kobe, Japan. Inside inscription reads: "Presented to N.W. Utley and Wife by Rev. C.B. Moseley; Aug 9, 1890, Kobe, Japan".

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    Japanese Woman in Western Dress, Accompanied by a Servant Japanese Garb by Ipposai YOSHITORA (?) (fl. c. 1850-80)

    Presents the contrast between native traditional female garb (worn by the servant girl), and the new European style clothing for women. The figure in Western garb here, however, still holds a Chinese fan shape decorated with a wave pattern. Yoshitora was a pupil of leading late Edo period printmaker Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861) was a member of the Yokohama School, but he did not reside there, and probably based his designs on the figures he could have seen in Western engravings. Publisher's seal, with stylized lotus over waves, identifies the publisher as Sakai Kawaguchi.

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    Sakura Sogoro leaving his Family by YoshitoshiTsukioka

    Diptych. The subject is Sakura Sogoro (1597-1645) taking leave of his family. He was on his way to ask alleviation of taxes from Shogun Ietsuna, for which misdemeanour he and his whole family were executed in 1645. First he and his wife were forced to see their three sons being beheaded, then they themselves were crucified. Color woodblock print; image: 18 3/8†x 13 1/4†(46.6 cm x 34.8 cm). on two 14 3/4†x 10†(37.5 cm x 25.5 cm) sheets.

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    Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages) by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1837-1912)

    Fourth set of two images of women from bound accordion-fold album of 30 woodblock prints with colophon. One half of full series of 50 prints depicting Japanese women of different historical periods highlighting their hairstyles and modes of dress.

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    Kabuki fight scene with pyrotechnics by Ginko Adachi (1874-1895)

    Actors ascending through stage trap door amid fireworks. Color woodblock print;9" x 14".

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    Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages) by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1837-1912)

    Eleventh set of two images of women from bound accordion-fold album of 30 woodblock prints with colophon. One half of full series of 50 prints depicting Japanese women of different historical periods highlighting their hairstyles and modes of dress.

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    Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages) by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1837-1912)

    Tenth set of two images of women from bound accordion-fold album of 30 woodblock prints with colophon. One half of full series of 50 prints depicting Japanese women of different historical periods highlighting their hairstyles and modes of dress.

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    Hakkyoi (a celebrated Chinese poet) by Gaho, Hashimoto 1835-1908

    13 x 8.75 in. Multicolored print of a reclining philosopher and his attendant. From series Niphon Gwafu (A Collection of Sketches of Japan) published by Kinkodo in 1891.

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    Quarreling and Scuffling in Woman's Bathhouse (or ""Bathhouse Quarrel"") by Utagawa, Yoshiiku

    8.5 x 17 inches. Lithograph. Nude and robed women in bathhouse.

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    The Birthday of Buddha by Shoso, Mishima

    Multicolored print of children showering water of an image of Buddha.

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    Bronze vessel (detail)

    In ancient Japan (prior to the Meiji era, 1868-1912), metalwork was solely for swords and Buddhist statues. During the Meiji era, a decree abolishing sword-wearing and the restoration of Shintoism, the original religion of Japan, as the national religion caused the making of metalwork to shift to objects for export and home consumption; the functions of objects and subject of decoration tended to be secular. This vase, designed with a style of Chinese bronze vessel, bears 8 different scenes on the entire body. There are four large panels, with subjects ranging from figurative to seascapes, on the main body of the vessel, and four small horizontal scenes, landscapes and seascapes are the subjects (possibly a display of the four seasons), on the bottom. The designs are done in relief. The borders of the panels are also ornamented with plant patterns, chrysanthemums and gingko tree leaves in particular common Japanese floral motif. A great deal of artistic appeal and distinctive styles are the trademark of Meiji metalwork.

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    Photo Album of Osaka and Kobe with gold lacquer decorated cover

    H: 10.75", W: 14", D: 2.25". Exterior relief design of geese and flora with stream on front; Ivory and mother-of-pearl inlay; back decorated with insects and plants in gold leather spine; hand tinted photographs of places, mainly in Osaka and Kobe, Japan; Inside inscription reads: "Presented to N.W. Utley and Wife by Rev. C.B. Moseley; Aug 9, 1890, Kobe, Japan"

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    Photo Album of Osaka and Kobe with Gold Lacquer Decorated Cover (cover view)

    H: 10.75", W: 14", D: 2.25". Relief design of geese and flora with stream on front; Ivory and mother-of-pearl inlay; back decorated with insects and plants in gold leather spine; hand tinted photographs of places, mainly in Osaka and Kobe, Japan; Inside inscription reads: "Presented to N.W. Utley and Wife by Rev. C.B. Moseley; Aug 9, 1890, Kobe, Japan."

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    Sumo Wrestler Defeating a Westerner by Ipposai YOSHIFUJI (1828-87)

    Image of Sumo wrestler successfully tossing a westerner while man and woman looking on. Japanese characters are written on the top of the print and the lower right side. One of a series of prints that appeared during the time between the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853, and the actual beginning of the Meiji Era (1868-1912).

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    Ivory Figure with a Spinning Face

    Noh performer with long hair holds bells for Shinto Dance in his raised arm. The figure's head spins up from a calm face to that of a demon like face; figure's garment has a geometric/floral motif; he holds a fan in his left had and wears a cap on his head; his hair is tied back with a bow which is broken on one side.

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    Map of Japan, 19th Century by Tirion

    Map by Dutchman, Tirion, documents the history of Japan during the period when it was closed off from most of the world in the Edo period. This shows the Dutch presence in Nagasaki during the Edo period.

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    Fox Woman by Gekko, Ogata (1859-1920)

    Ornately dressed woman gazing at her fox reflection in a stream. Metallic pigments, burnishing and blind printing. Color woodblock print;9 13/16†x 14 1/2†(25cm x 36.9cm).

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    Looking as if She Wants to Change: The Appearance of a Proprietess of the Kaei era (1848-1854) (Kaita-so: Kaei nenkan o kamisan no fuzoku) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

    # 18 from the series: Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners (Fuzoku sanjuniso). Woodblock print in ink and colors on paper. Vertical ōban size. This image is a nice, but not great, later printing. Reference: John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's Women: The Woodblock Print Series "Fuzoku Sanjuni so." Boulder, CO: Avery Press, 1986; reprinted in 1995 in association with the University of Washington Press.

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    36 Immortal Beauties by Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908)

    Second of two woodblock prints (with 2005.017). three figures. Woodblock print; image: 12 7/8†x 8 5/8†(32.7 cm x 22 cm), sheet: 13†x 8 3/4†(33.2 cm x 22.2 cm).

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    Drum ceremony with two actors by Kogyo, Tsukioka

    Two actors with lacquer drum on stand and pine tree. Published by Matsuki Heikichi. Color woodblock print; 9†x 14â€.

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    Actor on Walkway; Scene from Chikubushima play by Kogyo, Tsukioka

    Actor in elaborate costume and mask with long red hair. Published by Matsuki Heikichi. Color woodblock print. Color woodblock print; 9†x 14â€.