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A Small Snake on Bamboo

Artist: Hokusai Sori (1760 – 1849) Primary
Date: 1906
Dimensions: 15 9/16 x 6 5/16 in. (395 x 160 mm)
Dimensions Extent: image
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Medium and Support: Woodblock print
Credit Line: Gift of James M. Reed, 2021
Accession Number: 2020.03.28
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Any living organisms, including human beings; may be real or fictional, including mythical or legendary creatures.
Distinctive genre in painting and other media, but most prominently in woodblock printing. It arose in the Edo period (1600-1868) and built up a broad popular market among the middle classes. Subject matter typically focused on brothel districts and kabuki theatres, with formats ranging from single sheet prints to book illustrations. Generally, the style is characterized by a mixture of the realistic narrative of the Kamakura period and the mature decorative style of the Momoyama and Edo periods. Distinctive styles and specialties in subject matter were developed by different schools throughout the period.
Suborder containing around 2,900 species of reptiles with a greatly elongated body, tapering tail, smooth scaly integument, and in some species, venomous properties. Snakes represent a lizard that, over the course of evolution, has undergone structural reduction, simplification, and loss as well as specialization of characteristics. All snakes lack external limbs, but not all legless reptiles are snakes. All snakes are carnivorous and can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids, limbs, external ears, and vestiges of forelimbs.

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