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    Roof Detail

    Detail of the tiled roofline at the Meiji Shrine.

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    Bronze vessel (handle 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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    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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    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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    Meiji Emperor and Empress watching Sumida River Boat Race and Artillery Demonstration by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1837-1912)

    Signed and sealed lower right. color woodblock print triptych. 14†x 27 3/4†(35.6 cm x 69.2 cm)

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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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    Battle at Zama by Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908)

    Battle scene from Satsuma Rebellion. Triptych. 14 1/2†x 27â€.

  • Thumbnail for Kabuki fight scene with pyrotechnics
    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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    Cherry Blossom Battle by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1837-1912)

    3 panel print depicting Meiji Empress and Ladies-in-Waiting watching Palace maidservants enact mock battle using branches of flowering cherry as weapons. Color woodblock print; 27†x 14â€.

  • Thumbnail for Hakkyoi (a celebrated Chinese poet)
    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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    A Group of Quails by Chikudo, Kish

    13 x 8.75 in. Print of several birds with a multiicolored background. From a series Niphon Gwafu (A Collection of Sketches of Japan ) published by Kinkodo in 1891.

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    Untitled by Kunichika, Toyohara (1835-1900)

    14 x 10 inches. Woodblock print of famous actor, Ichikawa Danjuro, in Kabaki drama role of a warrior-assassin, drawing sword, which has been concealed in a musical instrument.

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    Remembrance of Great Earthquake (1875) by Unknown

    Multicolored print showing a remembrance ceremony for victims of the earthquake.

  • Thumbnail for Book of Painting Designs by Tsubaki Chinzan (1801-1854)
    Book of Painting Designs by Tsubaki Chinzan (1801-1854) by after Tsubaki Chinzan (1801-1854)

    A slim two-volume set of woodblock printed desgins, including landscapes, animals, and floral subjects. Ink and color on paper.

  • Thumbnail for Book of Painting Designs by Tsubaki Chinzan (1801-1854)
    Book of Painting Designs by Tsubaki Chinzan (1801-1854) by after Tsubaki Chinzan (1801-1854)

    A slim two-volume set of woodblock printed desgins, including landscapes, animals, and floral subjects. Ink and color on paper.

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    Fort Goryokaku

    Aerial photo of Hakodate on the northern island of Hokkaido, where loyal supporters of the Tokugawa clan staged a final, but unsuccessful stand against the Meiji government.

  • Thumbnail for Ceramic vase (base pattern detail)
    Ceramic vase (base pattern 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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    Cotton hood-side view 2

    Hood made of Japanese cotton and old Japanese kimonos. From Hokkaido.

  • Thumbnail for Family photo from Photo Album of Osaka and Kobe with Gold Lacquer Decorated Cover
    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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    Photo Album of Osaka and Kobe with Gold Lacquer -detail Decorated Cover (cover detail)

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

    Seventh 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)

    Eighth 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)

    First 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.