Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
The Amida Waterfall on the Kiso Road
Series; A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls

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Timestamp: 1391936452


Happy birthday, Nicolaus Copernicus

February 19, 1473. Nicolaus Copernicus was born on this date, 540 years ago. Copernicus was a Renaissance astronomer and mathematician. He lived at a time when people believed Earth lay enclosed within crystal spheres at the center of the universe. Can you picture the leap of imagination required for him to conceive of a sun-centered universe? The publication of Copernicus’ book – De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres) – just before his death in 1543, set the stage for all of modern astronomy. Today, people speak of his work as the Copernican Revolution.

Timestamp: 1361480477

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Timestamp: 1359350658


The uchiwa, or rigid paper fan, is a practical device in the heat of Japan. Over the centuries, uchiwa have become an art form with a charm all their own. The paper prints that are used to make fans are called uchiwa-e, the suffix indicating the print itself.

(Source: Brooks Jensen Art - The Fan Prints)

These are a series of uchiwa, a common print form used by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, not only for prints featuring cats, but others as well. I have not found dates for all of these fans, but those with dates I have come across, usually date to around 1839-1845. For more information on these individual fans, visit this page at the Kuniyoshi Project: Fan Prints of Humorous and Miscellaneous Subjects, Part I

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Timestamp: 1359333381


Woman, Cat, and Kotatsu
Utagawa Kunimasa (1773-1810)
Japanese Woodblock print (Ukiyō e)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Timestamp: 1353492757


mouse army, Yoshitoshi

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Timestamp: 1345863003


old Japanese  books mid 19th century , Meiji period , lithograph prints

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Timestamp: 1345755240