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  • 101 Great Samurai Printsby Utagawa Kuniyoshi; John Grafton

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    One of the last great names in the Japanese ukiyo-e style, Utagawa Kuniyoshi was an undisputed master of the warrior woodblock print. Born in Tokyo in 1797, his talent became evident by the tender age of 12, when he became an apprentice to a famous print master. Starting out with vivid illustrations of cultural icons?including Kabuki actors and... more...

  • Traditional Chinese Textile Designs in Full Colorby Northeast Drama Institute

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    Traditional Chinese opera is highly stylized in structure, music, subject matter, and staging. Movements and gestures follow age-old patterns, and the physical appearance of the performers is rigidly controlled, especially their costumes, which reveal social rank, occupation, and often personality traits of the characters. Traditional, well-known... more...

  • Japanese Design Motifsby Matsuya Company

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 19.95

    This collection presents more than 4,000 individual designs in the 900-year-old tradition of Japanese family crests. Through constant variation and invention over the centuries, this has become one of the richest graphic art traditions in the world. Most of these motifs are circular, and they can all be fitted into a square. Within those limitations... more...

  • Traditional Japanese Family Crests for Artists and Craftspeopleby Isao Honda

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 11.95

    The custom of using family crests as a matter of pride on the part of the family still remains in the nations of Europe although it is being upheld by a limited number of households. In Japan it became a highly important matter of etiquette among the aristocrats and Samurai of the eleventh century to wear one's family crest in formal attire. It is... more...

  • A Grammar of Japanese Ornament and Designby Thomas W. Cutler

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    With the opening of Japan to the West in the mid-19th century, much of Japanese life that had been sealed off from the rest of the world for centuries was now revealed to the public at large ? including the artistic styles and subjects depicted in this excellent collection. Rendered by a trained British architect, the images comprise one of the... more...

  • The Complete "Chinese Ornament"by Owen Jones

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 22.95

    From one of the most beautiful books on the decorative arts ever published: reproductions of classic full-color renderings by the great Victorian designer of design elements in Chinese porcelain and cloisonné antiquities now in the The Victoria and Albert Museum. Reprinted from the original plates made in 1867. more...

  • Chinese Indigo Batik Designsby Lu Pu

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 11.99

    Rich in tradition and history, the art of batik has been a deeply integrated facet of Chinese folk art for over 2,000 years. Using molten beeswax, skilled artisans paint patterns onto white cloth, which is then dipped into indigo dye. When the wax is removed with boiling water, unique designs of great harmony and beauty remain. The themes depicted... more...

  • Treasury of Chinese Design Motifsby Joseph D'Addetta

    Dover Publications 2013; US$ 12.95

    Chinese art and design are permeated by a connecting sense of the wholeness of all things. Its extensive vocabulary of design motifs is based on four timeless principles: spirit, rhythm, life, and movement. True Chinese design is never meaningless ornamentation. Its exquisitely beautiful combinations of blossoms and sprays, birds, animals, inscribed... more...

  • Japanese Animal and Floral Crest Designsby Paul Negri

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 6.99

    Soaring birds and scuttling crabs, preening peacocks, luxuriant blossoms, and winged dragons ? this invaluable treasury abounds in exotic motifs. Drawn from traditional Japanese family crests, these 1,160 black-and-white patterns, symbols, and decorative devices span a tremendous variety of styles, from utter simplicity to florid majesty. Designers,... more...

  • Chinese Cut-Paper Animal Designsby Dover

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 8.95

    Although often regarded as simple folk craft, paper cutouts constitute one of the foundations of Chinese art. This bold assortment features an original selection of 125 rare black-and-white cuts. Consisting exclusively of animal motifs, it offers unusual renderings, including fish, dragons, butterflies, horses, cranes, and other creatures. Artists,... more...