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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.


ID: 2001-00457

Creation Jan. 1, 1855

MEDIUM: Paper; FORMAT: Print (color); QUANTITY: 20

Topics: History of Science, Art

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