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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...

  • 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...

  • Chinese Designs and Motifsby Marty Noble

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 9.95

    Dragons, fish, flowers, and foo dogs abound in this magnificent compilation of Chinese designs and motifs. An exotic archive of royalty-free art, this volume offers 361 crisp black-and-white images in a wide variety of shapes and sizes that adapt themselves easily to use as spot illustrations, borders, and a host of other possibilities. Certain to... more...

  • Chinese Animal Designsby Chen Yan

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 14.95

    Compiled by a Chinese authority on the subject, this superb archive contains more than 1,100 illustrations of animals, grouped chronologically according to dynastic era--from dragon designs of the Shang and Chou dynasties (ca. 2030 B.C. to 221 B.C.) to delicate images of butterflies by twentieth century artists. Additional motifs depict such figures... more...

  • 1500 Chinese Design Motifsby Pan Wuhua

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    These crisp, black-and-white images will lend a distinctive Far Eastern accent to any project. Hundreds of eye-catching images include geometrics, abstracts, optical illusions, plus other intriguing configurations that adapt easily for use as spot illustrations or as repeating patterns. Professional and amateur artists, illustrators, and designers... more...