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Muraoka, Head Lady-in-waiting of the Konoe Clan

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Muraoka, Head Lady-in-waiting of the Konoe Clan, 1887
Ink on Paper
12 7/8 in. x 8 11/16 in. (32.7 cm x 22.07 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Lillian Miller Collection: Gift of Mrs. Simon Bolivar Buckner
Accession Number: 44.1.10

Alternate Title: Kinsei jimbutsu shi
Full Title: Lives of Modern People, A Supplement of the Yamato Newspaper: Muraoka, Head Lady-in-waiting of the Konoe Clan

"Yoshitoshi," Nov-Dec 1986, Montgomery Gallery.

Japanese text in red ink printed across the top edge; Japanese text printed in a box in the upper area of the image; seal in the lower left edge of the image.

Colored ink woodblock on paper.

Object Description
Edo period color woodblock print with an image of a woman, bound, with hair in her mouth. Over the two-year period from 1887 to 1888, Yoshitoshi produced his last and most accomplished set of "newspaper prints" as supplements to the Yamato newspaper. Muraoka (1786-1873) was a supporter of the loyalist faction that disagreed with the shogunate's new open-door policy. She was arrested and severely tortured in 1858 during the Ansei Purge. Her unbroken loyalty won her considerable acclaim once the shogunate fell.  However, Yoshitoshi's depiction of Muraoka borders on sadomasochistic fantasy: bound with ropes she looks seductive rather than distressed, and she looks far younger than the seventy-or-more years she would have been at the time.

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