Japan has a long history of tattoos and various forms of body art. This exhibition consisted of newly taken photographs of Juan Puentes on the work of tattoo master Horiyoshi III. In the motif circle you will find symbols such as dragons, tigers, peonies and carp. The inspiration for the tattoos came, as with the previous masters, from woodcuts and other art objects. During the Edo period 1603- 1868, the whole-body tattoos, irezumi or horimono, began to find their form as part of the urban culture of the middle class and the workers.
Source: HORIYOSHI III The Art of the Japanese Tattoo Japanese tattoo art.
Produced by: The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities.