Picture Book in the Katsushika Style (Ehon Katsushika-buri)

Katsushika Hokusai Japanese

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These drawings on thin sheets of paper were originally intended to be pasted onto woodblocks as templates and cut through. Advertisements at the end of the warrior books Warriors Illustrated: China and Japan (Ehon sakigake) and The Stirrups of Musashi (Ehon Musashi abumi) of 1836 suggest that the volume Katsushikaburi was meant to be part of the same series. However, for unknown reasons, the publication was canceled, and these drawings were arranged in an album format.

This sheet shows the warrior Wada Heita Tamenaga stabbing a giant snake.

Picture Book in the Katsushika Style (Ehon Katsushika-buri), Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo)), Folding album of twenty-eight block-ready drawings (hanshita-e) for book illustrations; ink on paper with woodblock-printed borders and titles, Japan

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