Shin-Bijutsukai pattern book. 1900s Japan, public domain image.
The new monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Date: 1901-1902. Monthly issues bound together subsequent to publication.
Scans from Japanese monthly magazine of various designs by the famous artists of to-day. Dates: 1901-1902. Shin-Bijutsukai (新美術海) was a Japanese design magazine that was edited by illustrator and designer Korin Furuya . The monthly magazine ran from 1902-1910 and contained “various designs by the famous artists of to-day'. The Smithsonian Libraries are a hidden national treasure, where experts come to test and expand knowledge and where America and the world can turn for authentic answers. The network of 20 specialized research libraries that make up the Smithsonian Libraries provide the Institution’s museums and research centers with resources and services that are as diverse and deep as the collections, exhibits, and scholarship they support. They truly span the range of scientific and cultural pursuits of humanity from aerospace, anthropology, and art history to business history and botany, cultural history, design, philately, zoology, and much more.
Among the most popular and prominent Japanese motifs are bamboo, pine, cherry blossoms, plum blossoms, maple leaves, peony, camellia, crane, and chidori (plover). Japanese patterns have a hidden meaning. When found on the kimono and other Japanese clothing, they are called wagara. Wagara is a traditional Japanese pattern design that dates back to the 8th century Heian period of Japan. These traditional and historic designs each have a very specific meaning and are often associated with a specific season or occasion. Many of these patterns are inspired by nature. The Seigaiha (Sayagata) pattern is surely one of the most famous in Japan. It represents waves formed by concentric circles creating small arcs, interlocking manji - ancient Buddhist symbols. Seigaiha literally means 'blue sea and waves. It was used to illustrate seas and oceans on maps. Seigaiha is a symbol of water representing surges of good luck.