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Series: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai)
Restoration: 1868 -1912

Category: Women Samurai

Accession Number: DFJN2020PRWS0005

Title (Original): 鹿児島の女戦士
Title: Kagoshima no on'na senshi
Translated Title: Woman Warrior at Kagoshima,1877

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: 16 / 09 / 2020

Country of origin: Japan

Size: Vertical ōban. 34.5 x 23.5cm (13 ¾ x 9 ¼ inches)

Condition: Excellent colour and detail. Backed with paper. Stain (offsetting from storage next to metallic pigment). A few creases.

Handsome portrait of a woman warrior at Kagoshima during the Satsuma Rebellion. She stands beside her horse, a rein in one hand and her naginata in the other, a sword at her side. She wears a white kimono tucked into patterned pants over a suit of armour, a white sash tied around her forehead. In the distance at upper left, flames and smoke rise behind the tower of a castle in dark silhouette, drifting across the night sky. An olive-green border frames the image. Nicely detailed with embossing on the white kimono.





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