Original woodblock print illustrated books (4) - Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880), Mantei Oga 万亭応賀 (1819-1890) - "Shaka hassō Yamato bunko" 釋迦八相倭文庫 (A Japanese Version of the Life of Buddha) voll 21 & 25 - Japan - 1860/1861/1865

Description
Original woodblock print illustrated books (4) - Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880), Mantei Oga 万亭応賀 (1819-1890) - "Shaka hassō Yamato bunko" 釋迦八相倭文庫 (A Japanese Version of the Life of Buddha) voll 21 & 25 - Japan - 1860/1861/1865
Good condition, see description

Original woodblock print illustrated books (4) - Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880), Mantei Oga 万亭応賀 (1819-1890) - 'Shaka hassō Yamato bunko' 釋迦八相倭文庫 ('A Japanese Version of the Life of Buddha') vol. 21 (parts I and II) and 25 (parts I and II) - Japan - 1860/1861/1865

Author: Mantei Oga

1860/1861/1865 (Late Edo period)

'A Japanese Version of the Life of the Buddha'

The serialised novel 'Shaka hasso Yamato bunko' recounts the life of the Buddha.
Written by Mantei Oga (1818-1890), it was published between 1845 and 1871, comprising 58 volumes. The novel presents episodes from the life of the Buddha, including stories from his life as Prince Siddhartha.

The front covers of two booklets form diptychs.

Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) designed the covers until his death, while the text was accompanied by illustrations by his successor, Utagawa Kunisada II (1823 -1880), and Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889).

These are kusazoshi, woodblock print books, small size and thin books aimed at a popular public.

The paper is thin and fragile, and the books frequently have marks in the bottom corners from moistened fingertips, and wormholes.
The copies on offer are in good condition, with the covers clean and only a few wormholes.

Lot details
Total nr of items
4
Object
Original woodblock print illustrated books
Technique
Woodblock printing
Material
Paper
Period
1860/1861/1865
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Artist/ Maker
Mantei Oga 万亭応賀 (1819-1890), Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865), Utagawa Kunisada II (1823-1880)
Theme/ depiction
Buddha
Title of artwork
"Shaka hassō Yamato bunko" 釋迦八相倭文庫 (A Japanese Version of the Life of Buddha) voll 21 & 25
Condition
Good condition, see description
Dimensions
17×11×0 cm
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