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abuna-e
mildly erotic prints


aiban
print size: 34 x 22.5 cm. (13" x 9")


aizuri-e
prints mainly printed in blue.


aratame
censorship seal (1854-1871)


banzaku
theatre programme


baren
circular rubbing pad used in printing.


bijin
beautiful girl/woman


by˘bu
folding screen


chuban
print size: 26 x 19 cm. (10" x 7.5")


Edo
old name for Tokyo and the period between 1603 and 1868.


egoyomi
calendar print


ehon
picture book


ga
suffix meaning 'drawn by'.


gafu
album


hanga
woodblock print


hitsu
suffix meaning 'painted by'.


hosoban
print size: 33 x 15.5 cm. (13" x 5.5")


kabuki
the popular theatre


kach˘-e
bird & flower print


kent˘
register mark in woodblock printing


kiwame
approval (censorship) seal (1790-1842).


kuchi-e
prints added to Meiji-period novellas


mon
actor's emblem


musha-e
prints of warriors


nagaban
print size: 51.5 x 23 cm. (20" x 9")


noh
the classical theatre


˘ban
print size: 38 x 25 cm. (15" x 10")


senso-e
prints showing scenes from the Sino-Japanese or Russian-Japanese war.


shin hanga
commercially produced 20th century print


shunga
erotic prints (mostly explicit)


sosaku hanga
self-printed 20th century print


surimono
extremely well-printed 19th century print, mostly privately published.


tanzaku
print size: 38 x 13 cm. (15" x 5").


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