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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-drawn manuscript

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Unknown
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Lithograph printed broadside

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Unknown
Created Date
1889
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Woodblock printed broadside

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Woodblock printed broadside

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Color lithograph broadside

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Hand-drawn manuscript scroll

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Hand-drawn manuscript scroll

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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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Woodblock printed book, text in Chinese; Jōhen, zen 上編 全 (book 1) upper volume, complete, 62 pages, with 8 pages of illustrations; Chūhen, ge 中編 下 (book 3) middle volume, lower section, 62 pages, with 8 pages of illustrations; Gehen, zen 下編 全 (book 4) lower volume, complete, 22 pages, with 18 pages of illustrations

Contributors
Benjimin, Bobson, Guan 管, Maocun 茂村 (Maocai 茂材), Tokyo: Yorozuya Heishirō 萬屋兵四郎, et al.
Created Date
1858