Explore the largest collection of 17th-19th century Japanese woodblock prints for sale in the United States. Ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” captured the exciting urban, popular culture of the Edo period (1603-1868), promoting its beauty, fashions and heroes. While the Buddhist term ukiyo originally emphasized the transitory nature of human life, during the 17th century, the term gradually shifted its reference to the ephemeral world of pleasure and indulgence.

From the 17th century Buddhist woodcuts through 19th century ukiyo-e masters, enter a vibrant world of enchanting landscapes and sublime nature studies by Hokusai and Hiroshige, dramatic kabuki actors by Sharaku and Toyokuni, fierce samurai by Kuniyoshi, and elegant beauties by Utamaro. With the ravages of time, war, and fire, today few of these precious works survive outside of museums and important private collections. However, those who are lucky to know these lovely images of a time past are captured in a world of enchantment, for a Japanese Woodblock Print is a marvel of line, color and composition.  It has a life of its own and is always a joy to behold.

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