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Edo Period Collection

The Edo Period, also known as the Tokugawa period, was a time of great artistic and cultural development in Japan

Background imageEdo Period Collection: The Blind Men and the Elephant. Japanese woodblock print from the Manga of Katsushika Hokusai, 1817

The Blind Men and the Elephant. Japanese woodblock print from the Manga of Katsushika Hokusai, 1817
HOKUSAI: ELEPHANT. The Blind Men and the Elephant. Japanese woodblock print from the Manga of Katsushika Hokusai, 1817

Background imageEdo Period Collection: KATSUSHIKA: GREAT WAVE. Men in boats among large waves, off shore of Kanagawa

KATSUSHIKA: GREAT WAVE. Men in boats among large waves, off shore of Kanagawa, with Mount Fuji in the background. Color woodcut by Hokusai Katsushika, c1830

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Ichijo Jiro Tadanori and Notonokami Noritsune, two Japanese samurai warriors battling each other

Ichijo Jiro Tadanori and Notonokami Noritsune, two Japanese samurai warriors battling each other
JAPANESE SAMURAI. Ichijo Jiro Tadanori and Notonokami Noritsune, two Japanese samurai warriors battling each other. Woodblock print by Shuntei Katsukawa, c1820

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Blackbird, Edo Period (silk scroll)

Blackbird, Edo Period (silk scroll)
XBP341894 Blackbird, Edo Period (silk scroll) by Japanese School, (17th century); American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA; Photo eBoltin Picture Library; Japanese, out of copyright

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Eleven female cranes standing in dry reed bed, c. 1700-50 (ink and colours on paper)

Eleven female cranes standing in dry reed bed, c. 1700-50 (ink and colours on paper)
BL12369 Eleven female cranes standing in dry reed bed, c.1700-50 (ink and colours on paper) by Korin, Ogata (1658-1716); British Museum, London

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Samurai cleaning his sword. Japanese painting, 16-17th century

Samurai cleaning his sword. Japanese painting, 16-17th century
MOUNTED SAMURAI. Samurai cleaning his sword. Japanese painting, 16-17th century

Background imageEdo Period Collection: The Lovers Umegawa and Chubei : Japanese Oban print, c1797, by Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)

The Lovers Umegawa and Chubei : Japanese Oban print, c1797, by Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)
UTAMARO: LOVERS, 1797. The Lovers Umegawa and Chubei : Japanese Oban print, c1797, by Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)

Background imageEdo Period Collection: HIROSHIGE: KITES, 1857. Carp kites flown from masts. Color woodblock print from One Hundred Famous

HIROSHIGE: KITES, 1857. Carp kites flown from masts. Color woodblock print from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, by Utagawa Hiroshige, 1857

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Nanban Six-Fold Screen Depicting the Arrival of a Portuguese Ship for Trade

Nanban Six-Fold Screen Depicting the Arrival of a Portuguese Ship for Trade
3548717 Nanban Six-Fold Screen Depicting the Arrival of a Portuguese Ship for Trade, Edo Period (ink, colour & gold leaf on paper) by Japanese School

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Traditional Toyokuni Japanese Woodblock print of Actor

Traditional Toyokuni Japanese Woodblock print of Actor
" This print by one of the masters of woodblock printing Utagawa Toyokuni III. 1786-1864.The series, The 53 Stations of the Tokaidoa from 1852 is probably the most succesfull wood block print

Background imageEdo Period Collection: KATSUSHIKA: FISHING, c1834. A man fishing from a rock shaped like a wave

KATSUSHIKA: FISHING, c1834. A man fishing from a rock shaped like a wave, with Mount Fuji in the background. Color woodcut by Hokusai Katsushika, c1834

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Messenger with a Letter, from the series 'Elegant Five-needled Pine, c

Messenger with a Letter, from the series "Elegant Five-needled Pine, c. 1797-98 (colour woodblock print;oban)
5860842 Messenger with a Letter, from the series " Elegant Five-needled Pine, c.1797-98 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Snow (Yuki), from the series 'Famous Places of Edo, c. 1849-52 (colour woodblock print; uchiwa-e)

Snow (Yuki), from the series "Famous Places of Edo, c. 1849-52 (colour woodblock print; uchiwa-e)
5860021 Snow (Yuki), from the series "Famous Places of Edo, c.1849-52 (colour woodblock print; uchiwa-e) by Hiroshige, Ando or Utagawa (1797-1858); 23.2x29.9 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Scene from Genji monogatari (Tale of Genji) by Murasaki Shibuku (b. 978) c

Scene from Genji monogatari (Tale of Genji) by Murasaki Shibuku (b. 978) c
3057149 Scene from Genji monogatari (Tale of Genji) by Murasaki Shibuku (b. 978) c. 1860 (colour woodblock print) by Kuniyoshi, Utagawa (1798-1861) and Toyokuni

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Street scene (top) / Public bath (bottom). Sketch from Katsushika Hokusais Manga, c1836

Street scene (top) / Public bath (bottom). Sketch from Katsushika Hokusais Manga, c1836
HOKUSAI: SKETCH, 1836. Street scene (top)/Public bath (bottom). Sketch from Katsushika Hokusais Manga, c1836

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Six samurai; the upper three at court, practicing their archery; the lower three in traditional

Six samurai; the upper three at court, practicing their archery; the lower three in traditional hunting attire
HOKUSAI: SIX SAMURAI, 1817. Six samurai; the upper three at court, practicing their archery; the lower three in traditional hunting attire. Woodblock print, 1817, from the Manga of Katsushika Hokusai

Background imageEdo Period Collection: JAPAN: MAP, 1606. Map of Japan engraved by Jodocus Hondius for a 1606 edition of Gerardus

JAPAN: MAP, 1606. Map of Japan engraved by Jodocus Hondius for a 1606 edition of Gerardus Mercators Atlas. Korea is shown as an island

Background imageEdo Period Collection: JAPAN: KABUKI THEATER. Drama about a vendetta. Wood block print, early 18th century

JAPAN: KABUKI THEATER. Drama about a vendetta. Wood block print, early 18th century, by Okumura Masanobu

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Hari-shigoto] = [Needlework], Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753?-1806), (Artist), Date Created: ca

Hari-shigoto] = [Needlework], Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753?-1806), (Artist), Date Created: ca. 1793-ca.1804

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Birds with Autumn and Winter flowers (pen & ink, colour and gold paper on panel) (see 216542)

Birds with Autumn and Winter flowers (pen & ink, colour and gold paper on panel) (see 216542)
XIR216543 Birds with Autumn and Winter flowers (pen & ink, colour and gold paper on panel) (see 216542, 216544, 216545) by Japanese School

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Samurai carry a large replica of their shield during the Gion Festival, Tokyo, Japan

Samurai carry a large replica of their shield during the Gion Festival, Tokyo, Japan
KYOTO: GION FESTIVAL. Samurai carry a large replica of their shield during the Gion Festival, Tokyo, Japan. Scroll painting, early 17th century

Background imageEdo Period Collection: JAPAN: TRAVELERS, c1840. Travelers in the Snow at Oi: Japanese Oban print by Hiroshige

JAPAN: TRAVELERS, c1840. Travelers in the Snow at Oi: Japanese Oban print by Hiroshige

Background imageEdo Period Collection: µ®ÿÞìëþ┤Öµòúµ¿íµºÿµëôµÄø Woman Overrobe Uchikake

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Background imageEdo Period Collection: Grasshopper Morning-glory Vine Edo Period 1615-1868

Grasshopper Morning-glory Vine Edo Period 1615-1868
Artokoloro

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Landscape Mist Edo period 1615-1868 mid-19th century

Landscape Mist Edo period 1615-1868 mid-19th century
Artokoloro

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Kiseru o motsu onna] = [Woman holding a pipe], Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753?-1806), (Artist)

Kiseru o motsu onna] = [Woman holding a pipe], Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753?-1806), (Artist), Date Created: ca. 1793-ca.1804

Background imageEdo Period Collection: JA aśbon no zu = [Picture of the upper class], Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753?-1806)

JA aśbon no zu = [Picture of the upper class], Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753?-1806), (Artist), Date Created: ca. 1793-ca.1804

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Shinshi-bari] = [Cloth-stretcher], Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753?-1806), (Artist), Date Created

Shinshi-bari] = [Cloth-stretcher], Kitagawa, Utamaro (1753?-1806), (Artist), Date Created: ca. 1793-ca.1804

Ghost and Oil Lamp, 1810 (hanging scroll, ink, colour and gold on silk)
XOS5881897 Ghost and Oil Lamp, 1810 (hanging scroll, ink, colour and gold on silk) by Bunichi, Tani (1787-1818); 109.2x48.9 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH, USA; (add.info.: Scroll by Bunichi Tani).

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Snails on a Wall, 1700s (hanging scroll, ink, colour, gold & silver pigments on paper)

Snails on a Wall, 1700s (hanging scroll, ink, colour, gold & silver pigments on paper)
XOS5882718 Snails on a Wall, 1700s (hanging scroll, ink, colour, gold & silver pigments on paper) by Rosetsu, Nagasawa (1754-99); 114.3x40.6 cm; Cleveland Museum of Art, OH

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Landscape with tower, c.1750 (gold, ink & colour on paper)

Landscape with tower, c.1750 (gold, ink & colour on paper)
8893889 Landscape with tower, c.1750 (gold, ink & colour on paper) by Taiga, Ike no (1723-76); Tokyo National Museum, Japan; (add.info)

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Portrait of Matsudaira Yoshinaga

Portrait of Matsudaira Yoshinaga
3521884 Portrait of Matsudaira Yoshinaga; (add.info.: Portrait of Matsudaira Yoshinaga (1828-1890) Japanese daimyo of the Edo period. He was head of the Fukui Domain in Echizen Province

Background imageEdo Period Collection: A finely lacquered group of seven netsuke

A finely lacquered group of seven netsuke
1766580 A finely lacquered group of seven netsuke; Private Collection; (add.info.: A finely lacquered group of seven netsuke. 19th Century.); Photo © Christie's Images.

Background imageEdo Period Collection: The Style of a Feudal Lord's Household (Yashiki-fu), from the series Guide to Contemporary Styles

The Style of a Feudal Lord's Household (Yashiki-fu), from the series Guide to Contemporary Styles (Tosei fuzoku tsu)
5859860 The Style of a Feudal Lord's Household (Yashiki-fu), from the series Guide to Contemporary Styles (Tosei fuzoku tsu), 1795-1806 (color woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro

Background imageEdo Period Collection: The Main Gate, New Yoshiwara, c.1745 (hand-coloured woodblock print; toku-oban yoko-e, beni-e)

The Main Gate, New Yoshiwara, c.1745 (hand-coloured woodblock print; toku-oban yoko-e, beni-e)
5859859 The Main Gate, New Yoshiwara, c.1745 (hand-coloured woodblock print; toku-oban yoko-e, beni-e) by Kiyotada, Torii (fl.c.1720-50); 43.4 x 63.9 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Hotei, from the series 'Comparison of the Treasures of the Gods of Good Fortune

Hotei, from the series "Comparison of the Treasures of the Gods of Good Fortune (Fukujin takara awase)"
5859855 Hotei, from the series "Comparison of the Treasures of the Gods of Good Fortune (Fukujin takara awase)", c.1795 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Eishi

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Procession of a Daimyo, c.1681-84 (hand-coloured woodblock print; oban yoko-e, sumizuri-e)

Procession of a Daimyo, c.1681-84 (hand-coloured woodblock print; oban yoko-e, sumizuri-e)
5859851 Procession of a Daimyo, c.1681-84 (hand-coloured woodblock print; oban yoko-e, sumizuri-e) by Moronobu, Hishikawa (c.1618-1694); 27.2 x 38.1 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Flowers, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu)

Flowers, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu)
5859842 Flowers, from The Picture Book of Realistic Paintings of Hokusai (Hokusai shashin gafu), c.1814 (colour woodblock print (album sheet)) by Hokusai

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Man Falling Backward, Startled by a Woman's Ghost over a River

Man Falling Backward, Startled by a Woman's Ghost over a River, c.1782 (colour woodblock print; hosoban diptych)
5859820 Man Falling Backward, Startled by a Woman's Ghost over a River, c.1782 (colour woodblock print; hosoban diptych) by Shunsho, Katsukawa (1726-92); The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Akashi of the Tamaya, from the series Seven Komachis of Yoshiwara (Seiro nana Komachi)

Akashi of the Tamaya, from the series Seven Komachis of Yoshiwara (Seiro nana Komachi) (Tamaya uchi Akashi, Uraji)
5859724 Akashi of the Tamaya, from the series Seven Komachis of Yoshiwara (Seiro nana Komachi) (Tamaya uchi Akashi, Uraji, Shimano), c.1794-95 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro

Background imageEdo Period Collection: In a Pleasure House in Shinagawa (Shinagawa no rojo) (colour woodblock prints; two sheets from an)

In a Pleasure House in Shinagawa (Shinagawa no rojo) (colour woodblock prints; two sheets from an oban triptych)
5859703 In a Pleasure House in Shinagawa (Shinagawa no rojo) (colour woodblock prints; two sheets from an oban triptych) by Eishi, Chobunsai (1756-1829); 38.4 x 25.2 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Tachibanaya Chusha (The actor Ichikawa Yaozo III as Hachiman Taro Minamoto no Yoshiie)

Tachibanaya Chusha (The actor Ichikawa Yaozo III as Hachiman Taro Minamoto no Yoshiie)
5859696 Tachibanaya Chusha (The actor Ichikawa Yaozo III as Hachiman Taro Minamoto no Yoshiie), 1794 (colour woodblock print; aiban) by Sharaku

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Ono no Komachi Washing the Copybook (Soshiarai Komachi), 1735-40

Ono no Komachi Washing the Copybook (Soshiarai Komachi), 1735-40 (hand-coloured woodblock print; hosoban)
5859586 Ono no Komachi Washing the Copybook (Soshiarai Komachi), 1735-40 (hand-coloured woodblock print; hosoban) by Kiyomasu II, Torii (1706-63); 29.6 x 16 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageEdo Period Collection: Komurasaki and Gonpachi, from the series 'Fashonable Patterns in Utamaro Style

Komurasaki and Gonpachi, from the series "Fashonable Patterns in Utamaro Style (Ryuko moyo Utamaro-gata)"
5859857 Komurasaki and Gonpachi, from the series "Fashonable Patterns in Utamaro Style (Ryuko moyo Utamaro-gata)", c.1798-99 (colour woodblock print; oban) by Utamaro

Background imageEdo Period Collection: The Poetess Shunzei no Musume, from the series The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets

The Poetess Shunzei no Musume, from the series The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets (Nishikizuri onna sanjurokkasen)
5859847 The Poetess Shunzei no Musume, from the series The Thirty-six Immortal Women Poets (Nishikizuri onna sanjurokkasen), 1801 (page from a colour woodblock-printed volume) by Eishi

Background imageEdo Period Collection: The Famous Places on the Tokaido in One View (Tokaido meisho ichiran)

The Famous Places on the Tokaido in One View (Tokaido meisho ichiran), 1818 (colour woodblock print; o-oban)
5859839 The Famous Places on the Tokaido in One View (Tokaido meisho ichiran), 1818 (colour woodblock print; o-oban) by Hokusai, Katsushika (1760-1849); 43 x 58 cm; The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

Background imageEdo Period Collection: The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro V in a 'Shibaraku' Role, Probably as Kato Hyoeisa Shigemitsu

The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro V in a "Shibaraku" Role, Probably as Kato Hyoeisa Shigemitsu
5859817 The Actor Ichikawa Danjuro V in a "Shibaraku" Role, Probably as Kato Hyoeisa Shigemitsu, in the Third Scene of the Play Masakado Kammuri no Hatsuyuki

Background imageEdo Period Collection: The Actors Nakamura Takesaburo I as Kewaizaka no Shosho and Ichikawa Danjuro II as Soga no Goro

The Actors Nakamura Takesaburo I as Kewaizaka no Shosho and Ichikawa Danjuro II as Soga no Goro dressed as a komuso in
5859739 The Actors Nakamura Takesaburo I as Kewaizaka no Shosho and Ichikawa Danjuro II as Soga no Goro dressed as a komuso in the play "Bando Ichi Kotobuki Soga



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The Edo Period, also known as the Tokugawa period, was a time of great artistic and cultural development in Japan. This era lasted from 1603 to 1868 and was characterized by peace, stability, and isolationism. One of the most iconic images from this period is "The Great Wave" by Katsushika Hokusai. This woodblock print depicts men in boats battling large waves off the shore of Kanagawa, with Mount Fuji towering in the background. It captures both the power and beauty of nature that inspired many artists during this time. Another famous artwork from the a woodblock print by Shuntei Katsukawa depicting two samurai warriors engaged in battle. The intricate details and vibrant colors showcase the skillful craftsmanship that was prevalent during this era. In addition to these warrior-themed prints, there were also delicate works like "Eleven Female Cranes Standing in Dry Reed Bed. " Created using ink and colors on paper, this piece showcases the elegance and grace associated with traditional Japanese art. Religion played an important role during the Edo Period as well. "Nichiren Calming the Storm, " a color print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, depicts a powerful scene where Nichiren, a Buddhist monk, calms a raging storm with his spiritual presence. Not only did visual arts flourish during this time but so did literature. One example is "The Blind Men and The Elephant, " another woodblock print by Hokusai which tells an allegorical story through vivid imagery. The it also saw advancements in trade with foreign countries such as Portugal. A six-fold screen titled "Nanban Six-Fold Screen Depicting Arrival of Portuguese Ship for Trade" portrays scenes of interaction between Japanese locals and Portuguese traders. This period also witnessed everyday life being depicted through art forms like paintings or prints showcasing activities such as sword cleaning or travelers in the snow at Oi.