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    DescriptionColour woodblock prints vibrantly convey the popular urban culture of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Edo, now called Tokyo. In a book that brings together two of Edo's most colourful traditions, prints and kites, John Stevenson celebrates the charm and significance of the mass-produced but often elegant broadsheets known as ukiyo-e. The term means 'pictures of the floating world', a pun on a Buddhist concept of the fleeting world of desires that is, coincidentally but poetically, appropriate for a study of kites borne on the wind. Edo artists experimented with woodblock-printing techniques during the eighteenth century as kite-flying became increasingly popular. Each influenced the other: kite-makers copied woodblock-print designs to decorate their creations of bamboo, cloth, and paper, and printers used images of kites in their designs. The prints from the Skinner Collection illustrated in this book are products of Tokugawa Edo (1603-1867) and Meiji Tokyo (1868-1912). They record highlights of the Kabuki theatre, brothels, and Sumo wrestling, enthusiastically presenting star actors and celebrity courtesans and vignettes of everyday life. These images capture for us the character of life as it was lived and imagined by the printmakers and kite-fliers of Old Japan. It seems that everyone thrills to the sight of a kite straining upward into the sky, and woodblock prints are perhaps the most accessible form of traditional Japanese visual culture; kite aficionados and lovers of Japanese art alike will be delighted by this study.


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    Title
    Japanese Kite Prints
    Subtitle
    Selections from the Skinner Collection
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Stevenson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 200
    Width: 259 mm
    Height: 312 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 1,792 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780295984544
    ISBN 10: 0295984546
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AGC
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPJ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJC
    BIC subject category V2: AFH
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: ART006000
    Ingram Subject Code: AT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15840
    Libri: I-AT
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 69
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 46
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: ART019000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JF, 3JJC, 1FPJ
    DC22: 769/.49796158/0952
    LC classification: NE1326.5.K58 S74 2004
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    DC22: 769.49796158
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    BISAC V2.8: ANT042000
    DC22: 769.497961580952
    BISAC V2.8: ART048000, ART024000
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    115 illustrations, 100 in colour, 14 foldouts
    Publisher
    University of Washington Press
    Imprint name
    University of Washington Press
    Publication date
    09 November 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Washington