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Tamiya Botaro and His Nurse Otsuji

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Tamiya Botaro and His Nurse Otsuji, 1886
Ink on paper
14 1/8 x 18 11/16 in. (35.88 x 47.47 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Jean Marshall Cates '37
Accession Number: 2013.20.5

The father of Tamiya Botaro was murdered by a jealous fencing master in 1624. Nurse Otsuji takes care of him as a boy. She is hauling water from a well. It looks like a Jugendstil image by the abundant Lotus flowers. Botaro became an excellent swordsman. He would revenge his father, when he was seventeen.

Jan van Reek:

ink on paper

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