Sixteen Illustrations of Ancient Ceremonial Displays

Furuya Kōrin Japanese

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This lavishly illustrated book in deluxe format captures the appearance of how elite residences of premodern times would decorate public rooms for special occasions. The artist Furuya Kōrin took his art name from the great eighteenth-century Kyoto artist Ogata Kōrin, who is famous for revitalizing imagery of the classical literary world as imagined by Tawaraya Sōtatsu of the seventeenth century. This early twentieth-century fascination with Japan’s past is a response to the unbridled modernization of the country and the loss of a sense of tradition. Furuya Kōrin’s illustrated books drawing on Rinpa and courtly culture were widely popular in his day.

Sixteen Illustrations of Ancient Ceremonial Displays, Furuya Kōrin (Japanese, 1875–1910), Woodblock printed book (orihon, accordion-style binding), ink on paper, Japan

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