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Japanese Prints from the Arizona State University Art Museum


The ASU Art Museum serves a diverse community of artists and audiences through innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. The Jules Heller Print Study Room at the ASU Art Museum provides a secure environment for care and storage for more than 6000 prints in the collection while also being an accessible resource for students and public. An average of 600 students visit the Jules Heller Print Study Room during the academic year. To further assist the educational experience, on display are examples of tools used to create the prints and the Curator of Prints is available to explain the tools and print making processes to students, professors and scholars. Classes and individual students have participated in the origination and research of exhibitions from our Japanese print holdings: Lasting Impressions: Japanese Prints from the ASU Art Museum (Aug. 28 – Nov. 27, 2010); Legends and Myths in Japanese Kabuki Prints (Feb. 11 – Sept. 29, 2012); and, Echoes of Japan: Prints by Western Women (Jan. 3 – May 17, 2014).

By digitizing the Japanese print collection and placing it in the Library's digital repository will expand and support our interdisciplinary and educational focus in Japanese art, making it available to a much broader audience than just the museum visitor.

This is a collaboration between ASU Libraries, the ASU Art Museum, and ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.


Date Range
1766 2001


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Cement mortar print of a cantaloupe

Contributors
Maki Haku, 巻 白
Created Date
1975
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This woodblock print is the first in a series of 12 prints by Utagawa Kunikiyo II depicting the popular play Chūshingura. The print portrays the lords Enya 塩冶, Wakasa 若狭 and Moronao 師直, and Lady Enya.

Contributors
Utagawa Kunikiyo II, 歌川 国清, Tsutaya, et al.
Created Date
1857
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An actor in the role of Yaoya Oshichi from the play Sono Mukashi Koi no Edo zome 其往昔恋江戸染.

Contributors
Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 歌川 国芳, Ningyōya Takichi, et al.
Created Date
1849
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Aquatint, etching, print

Contributors
Nagaoka, Kunito
Created Date
1977
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Contributors
Karhu, Clifton
Created Date
1983
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Lithograph

Contributors
Kimura, Risaburo
Created Date
1973
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Contributors
Suzuki Harunobu, 鈴木 春信, Ōkubo Kyosen, et al.
Created Date
1766
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Contributors
Jacoulet, Paul
Created Date
1952
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Lithograph

Contributors
Kimura, Risaburo
Created Date
1973
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In this print, a beautiful kimono-clad woman holding a tobacco pipe turns her back on an infatuated man.

Contributors
Yamamoto Eishun, 山本 英春
Created Date
1900/1925