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Japanese Design Motifs (Dover Pictorial Archives)

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This collection presents more than 4,000 individual designs in the 900-year-old tradition of Japanese family crests. Through constant variation and invention over the centuries, this has become one of the richest graphic art traditions in the world.

Most of these motifs are circular, and they can all be fitted into a square. Within those limitations is a seemingly endless range of designs, beginning with the dozens and dozens of root motifs—rice plant, gingko, scallop, lightning, anchor, spool, raft, candle, scissors, fern, saki bottle, lotus blossom, mountain arrow, pine, wisteria, ship, rabbit, and scores of others. Practically every kind of plant, bird, animal, natural phenomenon, and manufactured object of Japanese culture was at one time or another included in a family crest. In addition, each of the root designs was treated to dozens of imaginative variations—they were reproduced bilaterally, in triangles, diamonds, five- and six-pointed stars, in spirals, were built up in series, made to overlap, combined with each other, and so on. Some of these are classic and recognizable designs, like the yin-yang, linked rings, and treasure knot. Many of the others have rarely been seen in the West.

Graphic artists, textile designers, pattern-makers, advertisers, and other commercial artists looking for an untapped source of novel, appealing designs will find a wealth of material here. Some of these motifs can be used to suggest an exotic flavor, and others are universal and can be used almost anywhere.

Dover unabridged publication of the catalog originally compiled around 1913 by the Matsuya Piece-Goods Store, Tokyo.

Synopsis:

Definitive catalogue of Japanese heraldic crests featuring almost unlimited variety of plant, animal, bird, and geometric forms, from "wild goose" to "folding fan" to "mountain and mist," each with dozens of variations. 4,260 illustrations.

Synopsis:

Japanese crests dating back to the Middle Ages are reproduced and catalogued according to family.

Synopsis:

The 4,260 individual designs collected here represent the 900-year-old tradition of Japanese family crests. This unabridged republication of the catalog originally compiled around 1913 by the Matsuya Piece-Goods Store in Tokyo contains a translation of the original Foreword plus a new Introduction by Fumie Adachi and a new English Index.

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ISBN:
9780486228747
Compiled:
Matsuya Piece-Goods Store
Translator:
Adachi, Fumie
Translator:
Adachi, Fumie
Compiled by:
Matsuya Piece-Goods Store
Compiled:
Matsuya Piece-Goods Store
Author:
Matsuya Company
Translator:
Adachi, Fumie
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York
Subject:
Genealogy
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Graphic Arts
Subject:
Design - General
Subject:
Clip Art
Subject:
History - Asian
Subject:
Heraldry
Subject:
Devices
Subject:
Heraldry -- Japan.
Subject:
Devices (Heraldry) -- Japan.
Subject:
Graphic Arts - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Japanese clip art
Subject:
Japanese design motifs
Subject:
Dover
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Asian
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover pictorial archive series
Series Volume:
no. 22
Publication Date:
19720631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
213
Dimensions:
8.25 x 11.38 in 1.54 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
Definitive catalogue of Japanese heraldic crests featuring almost unlimited variety of plant, animal, bird, and geometric forms, from "wild goose" to "folding fan" to "mountain and mist," each with dozens of variations. 4,260 illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Japanese crests dating back to the Middle Ages are reproduced and catalogued according to family.
"Synopsis" by , The 4,260 individual designs collected here represent the 900-year-old tradition of Japanese family crests. This unabridged republication of the catalog originally compiled around 1913 by the Matsuya Piece-Goods Store in Tokyo contains a translation of the original Foreword plus a new Introduction by Fumie Adachi and a new English Index.
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