Female Samurai
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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 (Original):
Artist:                     Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912)
Medium:                  Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Signature:               Unknown
Seal:                       Unknown
Publisher (Original):    表記無し
Publisher:                Unknown
Engraver:                Unknown
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.



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