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A reproduction of Hokusai "beloved masterpiece The Great Wave, 1831-1833, is featured on the surface of this book box.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was a Japanese artist, painter, draughtsman and engraver who was actually know by at least 30 different names throughout his lifetime. This was relatively common in his culture, although his names directly related to his artistic production and style.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, is a woodblock print. It is the first in a series of prints entitled "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji", published between 1831 and 1833. This series of prints is characterized by the significant use of Prussian blue, a new color fashionable in the 1830s, and by the occasional use of Western techniques for representing perspective. Figures and objects were depicted according to their importance, and not according to their actual size, proximity or distance. These series earned him fame in Japan and overseas.

This book box is empty inside and have secret magnetic latch to hold it firmly closed. The exteriors are wrapped in a synthetic based leather and felt-lined inside to protect your treasures. When you hold one of these books boxes in your hands, your mind is automatically transported in time to the workshops of alchemists, dusty bookshelves of old monasteries, chambers of old castles, and libraries of Victorian England. These books boxes look great on library shelves (gorgeous spines), a living room coffee table, or as a general accent anywhere in your home.

Technical Specifications

Dimensions: Small: 8.25" X 5.75" X 2"



Hokusai was a Japanese artist, who was actually known by at least 30 different names throughout his lifetime. This was relatively common in his culture, although his names in particular directly related to his artistic production and style. He is most notable for his Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and extended his cultural reach worldwide in his time. Although he studied art since a very young age, his greatest work occurred after the age of 60. He is famous for his woodblock print series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, which consists of 46 prints. This series included The Great Wave print, which earned him fame both in Japan and overseas. His work influenced 19th century Art Nouveau, Jugendstil, and even the larger Impressionist movement. Not only this, but he could also be considered the “founding father” of the modern Manga movement, which is still a vibrant and healthy genre to this day. Browse the Hokusai art selection Musart Boutique enlightens on precious porcelain or other high-crafted ornaments.


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