MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Scroll
DIMENSIONS: 11 X 225 inches (18 3/4 feet long)
CONDITION: Nice shape for the age.
ITEM ID: 2006
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Toba-e Scroll

DATE
Year: 1878
Decade: 1870s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: Meiji 11

Japanese hand-written scroll of Toba-e Comic Pictures. Toba-e are considered the earliest form of the Japanese manga.

Toba-e (鳥羽絵) is a style of Japanese painting based on works from the 12th century that are attributed to Toba Sōjō. These “Toba-style” images were caricatures sometimes involving animals performing human tasks. Toba-e style images gained popularity as a commercial medium in mid-eighteenth century Edo. Though their popularity did not stay strong, Toba-e images have left a lasting impact through today, particularly in manga.