Edo prints


  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Under the wave off Kanagawa  
  Series title: Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji  
  Size: 25.5 x 37.2 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Under the wave off Kanagawa

Enlargement


Originally published around 1830 by publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi.

Blind-printed names of publisher, campaign name, campaign date, designer, carver and printer of this reproduction in lower right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
moku wood  
han block Publisher:
kan building Mokuhankan
       
ki    
tu    
ku    
su    
ta    
a    
ta    
a   Kickstarter
       
     
     
     
     
aki autumn Autumn 2014
       
e picture  
katsu arrowroot  
shika decorate Designer:
hoku north Katsushika
sai room Hokusai
       
ho(ru) carve  
bu    
ru    
da    
bi    
tu   Carver:
do   Bull David
       
su(ru) rub  
ku long time  
ho preserve  
ta rice field  
ken law Printer:
ichi one Kubota Kenichi

‘#30’ written in black pencil in the lower right margin, implying that I happened to be the 30th backer of David Bull’s 2014 Kickstarter campaign for the building of his new shop in the Asakusa district of Tokyo.

Artist’s signature in top left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
hoku north  
sai room Drawn by
arata(meru) alter Hokusai,
i change changing
itsu one his name to Iitsu
hitsu writing brush (meaning ‘‘One year old again’’)

Series and print title in cartouche in top left of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
fu wealth  
gaku peak  
san three  
ten Thirty-six
roku six views of
kei view Mount Fuji
       
kami god  
na what  
kawa river  
oki open sea  
waves Under the wave
ura amidst off Kanagawa


A copy of this wonderful reproduction carved by David Bull can be obtained here.


References


Provenance: Mokuhankan

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