20% OF SALES

from this limited edition Giclée print will be donated to the Ashmolean museum

Ryōunkaku Tower Game
Ryōunkaku Tower Game
Ryōunkaku Tower Game
Ryōunkaku Tower Game

Ryōunkaku Tower Game

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The Story Behind The Artwork:

Ryōunkaku Tower Game, 1890

By Utagawa Kunimasa IV
Ashmolean Museum (EA2018.81)

Japan’s first Western-style skyscraper—a twelve-storey tower built in the Asakusa district of Tokyo in 1890 — was designed by the Scottish engineer W. K. Burton. Commonly known as the ‘Twelve Stories’ or Jūnikai, the Ryōunkaku tower housed shops, an exhibition space and observation platforms. All twelve storeys were illuminated by electric lights and the building boasted Japan’s first electric lift. Many different views of the Ryōunkaku tower were produced by different publishers after its opening. This version is designed as a board game in which players opened flaps to reveal the interior of the tower.

Artwork Details:

Edition of 250 (maximum) numbered with a physical Certificate of Authenticity

Printed on Awagami Washi Bamboo 170gsm

Frame dimensions (approximately):
H: 61cm x W: 29cm x D: 3cm

Frame: Black lacquer Ayous hardwood frame (20mm) 

Glazing: Glass

Ashmolean Museum Donation:

20% of sales from this limited edition Giclée print will be donated to the Ashmolean museum. It is only with this and other philanthropic support that the Museum is able to continue its inspiring public programme and make its collections available to all. Donations to the Ashmolean help underpin all of their work, supporting the activities at the very heart of the Museum's mission. Donations such as this will help ensure that they remain open to the public, free of charge, and that they are able to continue to safeguard and showcase the collections in their care and share their knowledge.

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100% ecological paper

Printed on Awagami Washi Bamboo 170gsm archival paper using high quality Giclée printing methods. Dense yet wonderfully soft, this paper is 100% ecological with notable benefits over cotton-based papers. Crafted from natural fibres + pure mountain water, it’s handmade for beautiful print output and longevity.

Ryōunkaku Tower game, 1890 by Utagawa Kunimasa IV. Close-up detail of the print depicting a twelve-storey red brick tower building illuminated by electric lights
Close up corner detail of a black box picture frame with white mount

Frame Details

Hand crafted 20mm black lacquer box frame complete with glass glazing and archival mount.

White paper certificate of authenticity with limited edition gold holographic stamp, edition number and information about the print

Certificate of Authenticity

Each print comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Reverse side of a picture frame showing the wall mounting fixing, white chord and brown backboard.

Ready to hang

Each frame come complete with all the necessary hanging hardware, simply unwrap enjoy.

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