Archives Catalog Entry
Namazu-e (Earthquake Prints)
A rare set of 20 Namazu-e (literally, "catfish pictures") probably made following the great Ansei earthquake of October 2, 1855. The prints are a unique source of information about this earthquake, as well as artistic documentation of the legend that earthquakes were caused by the movements of a monster catfish that lived under the island of Japan. The prints were acquired by Dr. George W. Housner for the Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory at Caltech in 1973.
Jan. 1, 1855
MEDIUM: Paper; FORMAT: Print (color); QUANTITY: 20
Topics: History of Science, Art
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