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Traces of Japanese Life: Selections from the Melikian Collection


James and Ana Melikian have collected rare books and manuscripts, liturgical objects, and many other works of art. Materials from their collection have been shown in several recent museum exhibitions, including Sacred Word and Image: Five World Religions organized by the Phoenix Art Museum (2012) and accompanied by a catalog. Offered here is their collection of Japanese rare books, manuscripts, and objects of historical interest, which continues to grow. Faculty and graduate students at Arizona State University are presenting in this digital archive preliminary research on selected objects. Students involved in the project were Susan Anderson, Colleen Bache, Brittany Corrales, Nicholas Klofkorn, Amelia Miholca, Yijing Wang, and Momoko Welch. More manuscripts will added over time. An exhibition of selected works, titled Traces of Japanese Life: Selections from the Melikian Collection, was held from February 1 until May 25, 2013 at the ASU Art Museum organized by the staff of the Jules Heller Print Study Room.


Date Range
1676 1899


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Hand written document

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Unknown
Created Date
1853
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Hand-drawn manuscript

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Unknown
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Ink on paper

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Mizuno 水野, Toshikata 年方, Ōsai 応斉, Shosetsu 蔗雪
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Hand drawn, ink and colors on paper

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Unknown
Created Date
1800/1899

Woodblock printed broadside

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Unknown
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Hand-drawn and written scroll

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Unknown
Created Date
1854
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Hand-drawn manuscript

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Unknown
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Hand-drawn manuscript

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Unknown
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Woodblock printed

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Itsutami 逸民, Kurama 蔵真, Kawamura 河村, Teizan 貞山, Tōkyō: Inada Sahee 京都 : 杉本甚助
Created Date
1873
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Wood, pigment

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Unknown
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Hand-painted manuscript, 28 pages with illustrations

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Unknown
Created Date
1676
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Hand-drawn, ink and colors, album of 15 paintings

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Unknown
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Hand-drawn manuscript scroll

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Unknown
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Hand drawn and written manuscript

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Unknown
Created Date
1809
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Color lithograph broadside

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Unknown
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Hand-painted scroll

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Unknown
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Hand-drawn and written cards

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Unknown
Created Date
1780
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Lithograph printed broadside

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Unknown
Created Date
1889
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Printed book

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Awoki, T., Wyeda, B., Osaka Bookselling: Awoki Szandow
Created Date
1890
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Printed book

Contributors
Awoki, T., Susuka, J., Osaka Bookselling: Awoki Szandow
Created Date
1886