Book/Printed Material The Insect Book.
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- The Insect Book.
- Ehon mushi-erami (The insect book) is by the ukiyo-e painter Kitagawa Utamaro (circa 1753-1806). It was created by him before he produced the bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) for which he is famous. Each double page of the book contains a painted illustration of a plant and two species of insects, along with two kyōka (a poem style originating from waka, literally, Japanese poems). The kyōka are ostensibly insect-themed love poems. In all, 15 colored wood-block prints are included. The work demonstrates Utamaro's skill at drawing, as well as the high-quality printing techniques of the day. The book was published by Tsutaya Juzaburō (1750-97), a press mogul in the late Edo period (1600-1868).
- Kitagawa, Utamaro, 1753?-1806 Artist.
Created / Published
- Edo : Tsutaya Jûzaburô, 1788.
- - Japan
- - 1788
- - Block printing
- - Flowers
- - Insects
- - Japanese poetry
- - Plants
- - Poetry
- - Ukiyo-e
- - Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
- - Original resource extent: 1 book ; 27 x 18.1 centimeters.
- - Original resource at: National Diet Library.
- - Content in Japanese.
- - Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.
- 1 online resource.
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Chicago citation style:
Kitagawa, Utamaro, 1753?-1806 Artist. The Insect Book. Edo: Tsutaya Jûzaburô, 1788. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666418/.
APA citation style:
Kitagawa, U. (1788) The Insect Book. Edo: Tsutaya Jûzaburô. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021666418/.
MLA citation style:
Kitagawa, Utamaro, 1753?-1806 Artist. The Insect Book. Edo: Tsutaya Jûzaburô, 1788. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021666418/>.