Glossary of Terms
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Tabi: Japanese-style socks.
Taiko: a large drum.
Tan-e (Red lead pictures): hand-colored print in which tan (red lead) is the dominant pigment. They were popular from 1670 to 1720.
Tanka: a short poem of 31 syllables, divided 5-7-5-7-7. The form appears among the early poems of the Man'y˘shű.
Tanzaku: Half ˘ban size; the sizes included the ˘-tanzaku (15 x 6-3/4 inches: 38 x 17 cm) and chu-tanzaku (15 x 5 inches: 38 x 13 cm).
Tatami: a floor mat.
Tate-e (Vertical print): ˘ban tate-e, a vertical ˘ban.
Tayű: the highest ranking courtesan and a popular subject in ukiyo-e, called oiran in Edo.
Tent˘ki: a goblin holding a lantern.
Tetraptych: a composition of four prints.
Toad (gama): animal credited with magical powers.
Tokaido (Eastern Sea Road): the main highway from Edo to Kyoto.
Torii: a symbolic gateway to the precincts of a Shinto Shrine.
Tosa: a school of painting founded in the early years of the Muromachi period. It carried on the Japanese painting tradition, known as yamato-e, of the Heian and Kamakura narrative scrolls. The name of the school, however, came into use in the first half of the 13th century, when it was adopted by Tsunetaka.
Tsuya-dashi (tsuya-zuri): the technique of overprinting in black to give a luster to special areas of a print.back to top