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The Death of the Great White Eagle

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
The Death of the Great White Eagle, September 15, 1892
Ink on Paper
13 1/4 in. x 9 in. (33.66 cm x 22.86 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2003.1.92


Alternate Title: Azuma kagami
Full Title: Mirror of the East: The Death of the Great White Eagle

Edition
Fine impression with gauffrage and mica.

Marks
signed: "Chikanobu"

Medium
Colored ink woodblock print on off-white paper (oban tate-e).

Object Description
In 1892 Chikanobu produced a set of single sheet prints entitled Mirror of the East (Azuma kagami) with English language titles printed above the images. The artist and publisher were probably experimenting with making tourist souvenirs for sale in Japan, and perhaps even planning to sell these prints at international markets like the Midway at Chicago's 1893 Columbian Exposition. The source of stories for this series has not yet been identified, and the battle between a snake and the white eagle is unusual.

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