Collections at the Honolulu Museum of Art
Welcome to the eMuseum digital database of Japanese woodblock prints, as well as many other works of art, at the Honolulu Museum of Art. The museum has one of the preeminent collections of Japanese woodblock prints in the world, with nearly 12,000 prints ranging from early Buddhist prints that are more than 400 years old to contemporary prints by the top artists of the 20th century. The greatest strength of the collection lies in the Edo period (1615-1868), beginning with monochrome or hand-colored prints of Kabuki actors by early Kaigetsudō and Torii School masters from the early 18th century and continuing through nishiki-e full color prints to the landscape compositions of Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige in the 19th century. The centerpiece of the museum’s Japanese woodblock prints is the James A. and Mari Michener Collection, consisting of nearly 6,000 prints donated by noted author James Michener from the late 1950s through 1991. The museum is also home to the rare Edo period woodblock-printed book collection of noted scholar Richard Lane.
Since 1991, conservation of the museum’s Japanese woodblock print collection has been supported by the Robert F. Lange Foundation, which had enabled the stabilization, preservation, and public display of several thousand woodblock prints. This digital database of the Japanese woodblock print collection is the result of a three-year project sponsored by the Lange Foundation. More than 6,400 woodblock prints are currently available online, with plans to make the entire collection available to the public in the near future.
To get started, click "Collections" on the left and choose a collection to view.