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Floating World

Natural elements — frothy ocean waves, a full moon, extravagant blossoms — and a refined, elongated flatness make these artworks quintessentially Japanese. During Japan's Edo period (1615–1868), artists captured scenes of wit, style, and extravagance — often with overtones of hedonism — abundant in their floating world (ukiyo). This selection of artworks focuses on the elegant: from a geisha’s exquisite kimono pattern of floating maple leaves to iconic woodblock prints of breaking waves.