Japanese Prints Archive

  • Actor Holding Bonsai Tree

    Actor Holding Bonsai Tree

    Japanese print (Katsukawa, Shunkō, 1743-1812) shows the actor Nakamura Tomijūrō, full-length portrait, holding a bonsai on a tray, in the female role of Ōiso no Tora.

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  • Women Watching Bonsai Trees

    Women Watching Bonsai Trees

    Japanese print (Torii, Kiyonaga, 1752-1815) shows two women with male servant looking at bonsai trees on the platform of a shoulder pole with the plant seller sitting nearby.

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  • Decoration of Three Treasures and a Mask of Otafuku

    Decoration of Three Treasures and a Mask of Otafuku

    Japanese print (Ikeda, Eisen, 1790-1848) shows the mask of the joyful mythological figure Otafuku, a dish of incense, a bonsai tree, crayfish, knotted cord, and other articles.

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  • Ushi Kisaragi – Second Month of the Year of the Bull

    Ushi Kisaragi – Second Month of the Year of the Bull

    Japanese print (Ishikawa Toyomasa, 1770-1790) shows a man (a government or religious figure) riding a bull being led by a servant and two women holding a pole topped with tray carrying a bonsai tree from which hang slips of paper, possibly prayer wishes or greetings for Buddha, and a third woman picking up a branch […]

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  • American Traveller Enjoying Bonsai Tree

    American Traveller Enjoying Bonsai Tree

    Japanese print (Utagawa Sadahide, 1807-1873)  shows a man admiring a bonsai tree in bloom, it possibly reminds him of his wife and brings to mind her portrait hanging in the upper left corner. Clipping from a catalog: “American merchant delightedly gazing at a dwarf tree in bloom. In the corner is a vignette of a […]

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