A museum in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, said Monday five woodblock prints it owns have been confirmed as authentic works by famed ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai.
Fake copies of the set have been circulating in large quantities since the Meiji Era, with only a few originals confirmed. With the latest discovery, the Japan Ukiyoe Museum became the only institution to possess originals of all five works in the set.
The five works, all 26-by-19 cm, are based on ghost stories, and are believed to have been created at around the same time as Hokusais masterpiece, the “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” which was painted between 1832 and 1833.
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