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Lit. medium-size format. A size of *ukiyo-e •‚¢ŠG print. The term chuuban is used for certain formats cut from three different types of paper in different sizes.

1@A quarter of a standard-sized sheet called *oobousho ‘å•ò‘. Also called yotsugiriban Žl‚ؔ». Approximately 26 by 19.5 cm. Oobousho was the common type of chuuban used in the early days of full-color woodblock prints *nishiki-e ‹ÑŠG, until the 1770's when *ooban ‘å”» became the standard format. Isoda Koryuusai ˆé“cŒÎ—´Ö (act. latter half of 18c) and Torii Kiyonaga ’¹‹´’· (1752-1815) commonly used oobousho.

2@A quarter of a sheet of oohirobousho ‘åL•ò‘. Also called harunobuban tM”» because this type of format was extensively used for the prints of Suzuki Harunobu —é–؏tM (1725-70) around 1765. Approximately 29 X 22cm. Slightly larger than above-mentioned chuuban of oobousho.

3@Also called *aiban ŠÔ”». A half sheet of a special type of large format *ooban ‘å”». Approximately 21.5 X 30cm. Used for the scarlet pictures *beni-e gŠG actor prints *yakusha-e –ðŽÒŠG by Torii Kiyonobu ’¹‹´M (1664-1729) and Kiyomasu ´”{ (act. early 18c) in the 1720's.
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