This brass bookmark was inspired by Under the Wave, off Kanagawa, a color woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai, a Japanese artist of the Japan Edo period, about AD 1829-33.
This is perhaps the single most famous of Hokusai's woodblock prints - perhaps of all Japanese prints. It belongs to the series Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji. The graceful snow-clad mountain stands out unperturbed against the deep blue of the horizon. Yet it is reduced to a tiny hillock compared with the towering strength of the wave which threatens to engulf the struggling boats. Such clever, playful manipulation of the composition is a feature on many of Hokusai's works. This monumental series was the first to exploit the new chemical Berlin blue pigment, which had recently become cheaply available from China. It provided Hokusai with a strong blue for both sky and water and had the added advantage that it did not fade. Hokusai's series was so commercially successful that the publisher, Nishimuraya Eijud, extended it with another ten prints, printed this time with black instead of blue outlines. Though highly valued today, several thousand impressions were taken from the cherry-wood printing blocks, literally as many as the publisher could sell.
Finish: Solid brass, electro-plated with non-tarnishing silver finish, giclee print
Dimensions: 1.25" W x 3.50" L