Monday, January 22, 2007

Dutch Ships

From the 1630s to the middle of the nineteenth century, Japan was practically closed to foreigners. The only Westerners allowed to stay in Japan and engage in trade were the Dutch.

Some Dutch Ships woodblock prints from a digital exhibition of a collection of Japanese woodblock prints published between 1800 and 1865, depicting Dutch traders in Nagasaki.

Dutch ship. Oranda fune no zu. 1859.

Artist: YoshitoraPublisher: Shimaya, Yokohama36.5 x 25.5 cm. view details, as well a s translation of writings.

via electricedge

5 comments:

Bill said...

The block prints are georgous. History is perserved so well here.
The post above, I must admit, I got lost in the explaination.
Apologies for not being by in a few weeks, work, and more work. I will soon post some pictures on my blog,and try and relate a story of St. Georges Island, it may not come across in print as well as the story was related to me.
Take care and keep up the blogging, I so much enjoy visiting.
Bill...

sroden said...

thanks for loading this and the link, i saw some of these a few years ago, along with a lot of objects, models, etc. in amsterdam for an exhibition related to dutch shipping and japan. the link with the texts from the woodblocks is wonderful....

Princess Haiku said...

What a beautiful ship.

Princess Haiku said...

Whereever is it traveling to?

Nunnqpcs said...

What a beautiful ship.