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Woodcuts Collection

Woodcuts, a form of traditional Japanese art, have captivated audiences for centuries

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Seven gods of good luck

Seven gods of good luck. Drawing shows the seven lucky gods of Japan: Ebisu, Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Fukurokuju, Hotei, and Jurojin seated in a circle. Date ca. 1878

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: The great wave off shore of Kanagawa

The great wave off shore of Kanagawa. Print shows a huge wave bearing down on boats with a view of Mount Fuji in the background. Date between 1826 and 1833, printed later

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Pictorial envelope for Hokusais 36 views of Mount Fuji seri

Pictorial envelope for Hokusais 36 views of Mount Fuji series. Print shows people on a raft and a person in a small boat with tall reeds in the background and a view of Mount Fuji in the distance

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Miyamoto musashi

Miyamoto musashi. Man holding up a magnifying glass to look at the famous samurai swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Date between 1847 and 1850

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: The first tale of Ishikawa Goemon

The first tale of Ishikawa Goemon. Print shows two actors in the role of Ishikawa Goemon. Date between 1825 and 1830

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: The samurai warriors Ichijo Jiro Tadanori and Notonokami Nor

The samurai warriors Ichijo Jiro Tadanori and Notonokami Noritsune. Print shows two samurai warriors fighting on the seashore or bank of a river. Date between 1818 and 1820

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: A fairy moon and a lonely shore A fairy moon and a lonely sh

A fairy moon and a lonely shore A fairy moon and a lonely sh
A fairy moon and a lonely shore. Print shows a man with a shoulder pole walking along a moonlite shore. Date between 1890 and 1940

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Evening glow at Koganei Bridge

Evening glow at Koganei Bridge. Print shows a bridge across a canal with flowering cherry trees along the banks, a small cluster of low buildings, and a view of Mount Fuji in the background

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Horikiri iris garden

Horikiri iris garden. Print shows irises growing in a large garden. Date 1857

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Winter landscape with small snow-covered building on the coa

Winter landscape with small snow-covered building on the coast and view of Mount Fuji. Date between 1890 and 1940

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Shellfish

Shellfish. Date between 1800 and 1830 printed between 1890 and 1930

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Summer-like moon

Summer-like moon. Print shows General Akashi Gidayu, wearing white outfit, sitting on the floor, holding a knife (tanto or short sword) in his right hand

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Moon, swallows, and peach blossoms

Moon, swallows, and peach blossoms. Print shows two sparrows with peach blossoms and a full moon. Date 185-, printed later

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Crow on a willow branch

Crow on a willow branch. Print shows a crow or raven perched on a branch in a willow tree. Date between 1868 and 1900

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Battle at Kawanakajima

Battle at Kawanakajima. Print shows two armies of cavalry engaged in a battle with swordsmen and archers on horseback. Date 1857

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: The harmonic couple

The harmonic couple. Print shows a man and a woman sitting on a bench, playing a flute, beneath a blossoming tree. Date 1756, printed later

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Helmet on a Plum Tree

Helmet on a Plum Tree. Print shows the helmet of Kajiwara Genda Kagesue, a master horseman and samurai of the Minamoto clan, on a plum tree. Date 1828

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Robe- (or scarf) hanging pine, Senzoku pond

Robe- (or scarf) hanging pine, Senzoku pond. Print shows a large pine tree with fence around it and shrine nearby on the edge of a lake, with teahouse and travelers in the foreground. Date 1856

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Willow garden

Willow garden. Print shows three women and a child, standing next to and sitting on a bench beneath a willow tree at the edge of a pond. Date 1790, printed later

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Germany, Bavaria, Nuremberg, Albrecht Durer Haus, Home of the German Renaissance artist with city

Germany, Bavaria, Nuremberg, Albrecht Durer Haus, Home of the German Renaissance artist with city ramparts behind

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Shrimp and lobster

Shrimp and lobster. Date between 1835 and 1844

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Couple under umbrella in the snow (crow and heron)

Couple under umbrella in the snow (crow and heron). Print shows a man and a woman standing in the snow beneath a snow-covered umbrella

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Le Premier Volume de la bible en francoiz historiee et nouvellement imprimee, ca. 1501

Le Premier Volume de la bible en francoiz historiee et nouvellement imprimee, ca. 1501. [Adam and Eve, from a bible in French]

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Tachibana-ya and omi-ya Tachibana-ya and ?mi-ya

Tachibana-ya and omi-ya Tachibana-ya and ?mi-ya
Tachibana-ya and omi-ya. Print shows two actors, full-length portrait, one as a warrior sitting, the other as a woman standing behind the warrior. Date between 1794 and 1796, printed later

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Humorous pictures showing the Chinese mode of transportation

Humorous pictures showing the Chinese mode of transportation (four men harnessed to a carriage by their long pigtails) and a scene depicting the silk industry. Date 1895

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Moon over the waters at Daimotsu Bay

Moon over the waters at Daimotsu Bay. Print shows a Musashibo Benkei praying to appease the gods and calm the rough seas so that his ship may cross Daimotsu Bay safely. Date 1886

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Nunnery at little gidding, Huntingdonshire, 1641 (engraving)

Nunnery at little gidding, Huntingdonshire, 1641 (engraving)
3629257 Nunnery at little gidding, Huntingdonshire, 1641 (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Nunnery at little gidding, Huntingdonshire, 1641)

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: John Farleigh Woodcuts for Shaw s

John Farleigh Woodcuts for Shaw s
John Farleighs Woodcuts for George Bernard Shaws " The Adventures of The Black Girl in her search for God." 1932

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Sir Thomas Fairfax and his military council, 1647 (engraving)

Sir Thomas Fairfax and his military council, 1647 (engraving)
3629273 Sir Thomas Fairfax and his military council, 1647 (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir Thomas Fairfax and his military council, 1647)

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Warrior or actor with long hair and bracelets around wrist a

Warrior or actor with long hair and bracelets around wrist and ankles, full-length, seen from behind, holding a sword. Date between 1750 and 1850

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: White heron and lotus

White heron and lotus. Print shows a white heron in the water next to a water lily plant and lotus flower. Date between 1890 and 1920

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Kobayashi no Asahina

Kobayashi no Asahina. A half-length portrait of an actor, facing left, wearing robe with bird motif. Date 1862 (seal date: Boar V)

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Painting of a ship of treasures and a western clock

Painting of a ship of treasures and a western clock. Print shows a painting of a ship on a scroll or wall hanging and the face of a clock on a wooden box. Date between 1818 and 1825

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Shadow puppets

Shadow puppets. Print shows two geishas entertaining a man, one is making shadow puppets and the other is playing a shamisen. Date between 1716 and 1741

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Miho Bay in Suruga

Miho Bay in Suruga. Print shows groves of trees along the coast and the sails of ships on Miho or Suruga Bay, Japan. Date between 1848 and 1858

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: The interior of a kabuki theater

The interior of a kabuki theater

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: A man or monk seated, facing front, sleeping or meditating

A man or monk seated, facing front, sleeping or meditating. Date between 1800 and 1850

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Kirifuri Falls at Mount Kurokami in Shimosuke

Kirifuri Falls at Mount Kurokami in Shimosuke. Print shows travelers admiring a waterfall. Date ca. 1833, printed later

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: January

January. Print shows several people outside the entrance to a building, a couple is about to enter, an elderly man is using a broom to knock something from the branches of a tree

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Akaki kinran (gold brocade with red background) Shiro aya (w

Akaki kinran (gold brocade with red background) Shiro aya (white twill weaves, also known as Chinese twill weaves). Drawings show stylized patterned designs for kimonos. Date between ca. 1750 and 1900

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Fishing

Fishing. Print shows two women working a net and two children gathering clams as a third child looks on. Date between 1804 and 1820

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Hydrangea and Kingfisher

Hydrangea and Kingfisher. Print shows a kingfisher above hydrangea blossoms. Date between 1830 and 1858, printed later

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Sakura cherry

Sakura cherry. Drawing shows branch with leaves and cherry blossoms. Date 187-

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Owl and magnolia

Owl and magnolia. Print shows an owl perched on a magnolia tree branch; the magnolia blossoms are embossed. Date between 1870 and 1920

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Blossom of Nakanocho

Blossom of Nakanocho. Print shows a woman, full-length, sitting on a bench, holding papers against her forehead; picture of a tree covered with blossoms hangs on the wall nearby

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Arai

Arai. Print shows a bird s-eye view of a coastal village with ships in the harbor and a view of Mount Fuji in the distance. Date ca. 1855

Background imageWoodcuts Collection: Fishing net

Fishing net. Print shows a woman holding a pipe, walking with a female attendant along the seashore; in the background are boats and large fishing nets. Date 1799 or 1800



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Woodcuts, a form of traditional Japanese art, have captivated audiences for centuries. These intricate prints tell stories and capture moments in time with their delicate lines and vibrant colors. One notable series is the "Seven gods of good luck, " which depicts these deities bringing fortune and prosperity to those who believe. Another famous woodcut is the pictorial envelope for Hokusai's "36 views of Mount Fuji" series. This masterpiece showcases iconic landscapes, including the awe-inspiring "The Great Wave off Shore of Kanagawa. " The towering wave crashes down on fishermen, reminding us of nature's power and our own insignificance. In contrast to this dramatic scene, there are peaceful woodcuts like "A Fairy Moon and a Lonely Shore. " Here, we see a tranquil moonlit beach that evokes feelings of serenity and solitude. Similarly calming is the depiction of Horikiri Iris Garden, where vibrant flowers bloom amidst lush greenery. It also honor historical figures such as samurai warriors Ichijo Jiro Tadanori and Notonokami Nori. Their fierce gazes convey strength and determination as they prepare for battle. Equally captivating is "Evening Glow at Koganei Bridge, " which captures a serene moment by the riverbank bathed in warm hues. Miyamoto Musashi, legendary swordsman and philosopher, comes alive through woodcuts that depict his skillful techniques in combat. Meanwhile, tales like "The First Tale of Ishikawa Goemon" transport us to an era filled with intrigue and adventure. Nature plays a significant role in many woodcuts; shellfish glisten under soft light while swallows soar against a summer-like moon backdrop adorned with peach blossoms. These scenes remind us to appreciate the beauty around us even in simple moments. Woodcuts continue to be cherished for their ability to transport viewers into different worlds through intricate details carved onto wooden blocks.