This carved and stained ivory netsuke is in the form of an octopus caught in an octopus trap.

Signed Ohara Mitsuhiro and Kaigyokusai Masatsugu

Edo Period,  ca. 1825-1875, Japan

Height 2,9 cm.


Part of the Nine Stages of Decay (jp. kusōzu) paintings by Fuyuko Matsui

Keeping up the Pureness (1, 2)
The Parasite Will Not Abandon the Body (3)
Joining the Conversion (4, 5)

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Nakajima Kiyoshi 

Love letter (1980)

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi: Crowds viewing a captured whale in a bay with a view of Mount Fuji 
Size: Ôban triptych (each sheet is about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)
c. 1848-1853

Fuji Seen Through the Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa, Hokusai

Fuji Seen Through the Mannen Bridge at Fukagawa, Hokusai


Spring Meeting of Assembled Flowers

Utagawa Kunisada II, Japanese, 1823 - 1880. Published by Tsujioka Bunsuke, Kinshōdō.

Made in Japan, Asia
Edo Period (1615-1868) Date:

Color woodcut triptych
Philadelphia Museum of Art

Yorozu Tetsugoro

Toko Shinoda was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, but incorporated traditional art material of sumi ink and calligraphy.

Katsushika Hokusai’s “Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji” were so popular that 10 more prints were commissioned. The bright blue is a synthetic pigment imported in from Western countries called Prussian blue. It contrasts from the organic pigments beautifully.