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Reference » Ukiyo-e »  Print Sizes

Japanese woodblock prints have been traditionally made in specific sizes and formats based on the typical dimensions of Japanese handmade paper called o-bosho. There is no exact standard for a large o-bosho sheet since papermakers used slightly different recipes and moulds. (Approximate is 53 cm x 39 cm.)

The various formats of Japanese prints were cut from a piece of o-bosho sheet to reduce. The most common print size was the oban format (which used half of a large o-bosho sheet). The orientation of the prints is denoted by the terms tate-e ('vertical picture) and yoko-e (horizaontal picture).

Print size size (cm) size (in) notes
oban 26.5 x 39 10.7 x 15.6 1/2 o-bosho sheet
chuban 19.5 x 26.5 7.5 x 10.7 1/2 oban size
yotsugiri 19.5 x 13.25 7.5 x 5.8 1/2 chuban size
chutanzaku ban 39 x 13.25 15.6 x 5.8 narrow format similar to hosoban
otanzaku ban 39 x 17.6 15.6 x 6.7 1/3 o-bosho sheet
choban 19.5 x 53 7.5 x 20.7 1/2 of o-bosho sheet
kokonotsugiri ban 13 x 17.6 5.1 x 6.7 1/9 of o-bosho sheet
shikishi ban 19.5 x 17.6 7.5 x 6.7 square format, also known as kukuban
diptych ... ... 2 oban prints placed horizontally together
triptych ... ... oban prints placed horizontally together
pentatych ... ... 6 oban prints placed horizontally together