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Umi no sachi (Blessings of the Sea). Japan 1776.
Department of Oriental and Judaica Collections, OA 93-125 4º

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Illustrations of fish

Japanese anthology of poems with coloured block prints. The illustrations are by Katsuma Ryūsui.
The illustrations are among the earliest Japanese coloured block prints. The captions are written in kanji (Chinese characters) while the poems are written in the cursive script sōsho which mixes Japanese phonetic script and Chinese characters.

30 x 21.2 cm.

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