Series: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai)
Restoration: 1868 -1912
Category: Women Samurai
Accession Number: DFJN2020PRWS0003
Title (Original): 鹿児島の女戦士
Title: Kagoshima no on'na senshi
Translated Title: Woman Warrior at Kagoshima
Artist: Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Publisher (Original): 表記無し
Publication Date: 1877
Acquisition Date: 20 / 08 / 2020
Size: Vertical ōban.34.5 x 23.5cm (13 ¾ x 9 ¼ inches)
Condition: Excellent detail. Horizontal folds. A few small holes, (repaired). Slight creasing.
Dramatic image of a Japanese soldier attacking a woman warrior at Kagoshima during the Satsuma Rebellion. Some wives and daughters of the rebel samurai joined in the fighting against the Imperial army. Here, a soldier holds the woman down, gripping her neck with his hand as she tries to free herself, a loop of rope in his other hand for tying the prisoner up. With her other hand, the beauty raises a sword against her attacker as she kicks and struggles. In the background troops rush forward on foot and on horseback. The rugged natural setting with lovely red flowers and a rushing river at the left bellies the horror of the scene. A fascinating subject, detailed with extensive burnishing on the black uniform.