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The White Falcon

A work made of color woodblock print; ishizuri-e.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of color woodblock print; ishizuri-e.




Isoda Koryūsai
Japanese, active about 1764-1788

About this artwork

Isoda Koryūsai was catering to the tastes of warriors, who used falcons for hunting, when he designed this image of a proud white falcon set against a solid black background. The print’s large size is reminiscent of the more formal hanging-scroll paintings typically collected by the samurai class. It is one of the few hand-colored prints the artist made using a complex technique that mimics stone rubbing.


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Arts of Asia


Isoda Koryusai


The White Falcon


Japan (Artist's nationality:)

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Color woodblock print; ishizuri-e


88.8 × 29.5 cm (35 × 11 5/8 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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