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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-painted manuscript, 28 pages with illustrations

Contributors
Unknown
Created Date
1676
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Woodblock print books, 1 of 5 volumes, 339 pages, with 66 woodblock illustrations.

Contributors
Iguchi, Tsunemori
Created Date
1689
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Woodblock printed book, total 69 pages, text in Chinese

Contributors
Hua 滑, Shou 壽, Xue 薜, Kai 鎧, Yoshinoya Gonbē 芳野屋権兵衛
Created Date
1709
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Hand-drawn manuscript,

Contributors
Unknown
Created Date
1720
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Hand-drawn ink and pigment on very thin early washi paper and laid down on heavier paper for support. This map was probably copied by the Japanese from Dutch sources and maps. Since Japan was closed to Western countries at this time, this type of information would have been seen only by a select few.

Created Date
1780
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Hand-drawn and written cards

Contributors
Unknown
Created Date
1780
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Hand-drawn ink on paper

Contributors
Hayashi 林, Shihei 子平
Created Date
1785/1786
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English Translation: Military strategies in sea battles and weaponry.

Contributors
Hayashi 林, Shihei 子平
Created Date
1787/1791
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Woodblock printed

Contributors
Nakamura 中村, Tekisai 惕斎, Shimokawabe 下河邉, Shūsui 拾水, Kyoto: Kyūseidō 京都:九皐堂
Created Date
1789
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English translation of the title: Illustrated Tang Poems Written in Seven Word Quatrains. Woodblock printed book,

Contributors
Suzuki 鈴木, Huyō 芙蓉, Sugita 杉田, Kinsuke 金助, Edo: Kobayashi Shinbē 江戸:小林新兵衛
Created Date
1790