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People were more interested in absorbing the new sciences and technology than preserving traditional arts.
Japanprints.com has fine Japanese Prints is noted for its offering of rare prints of only the finest quality available.
Ukiyo-e prints and picture books depict Japanese material culture in a strikingly graphic and visually appealing manner.
Japanese print-making was largely a commercial enterprise which aimed to produce cheap household decoration for ordinary people.
Imagine then the jolt to the artistic community when in 1842 prints depicting actors and courtesans were banned by the government.
These prints are documents of a unique episode in trading history, and represent an early period in the art of the Japanese woodcut.
The term ukiyo-e, meaning 'pictures of a floating world,' is a pun on a Buddhist phrase meaning 'suffering world,' also pronounced ukiyo.
We buy and sell late 19th and 20th century Japanese Woodblock Prints.
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