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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Picture of Masakiyo at Shinshu Castle During the Conquest of Korea, 1864
Ink on Paper
14 1/16 in. x 28 in. (357.19 mm x 711.2 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.91

Alternate Title: Masakiyo sankan taiji Shinshu kassen no zu

Triptych; 3 panels are not cojoined. Descriptive label on verso of mat.

On mat, in pencil: Marer 422. Signed: Ikkaisay Yoshitoshi ga. Censor's seal: Aratame and date (I-ju) on single seal.

Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban; triptych.

Object Description
Edo period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a fight. Triptych. Two years after the bombardment of Kagoshima in 1862 by British ships, Yoshitoshi designed these battle triptychs. Because the Japanese military government forbid the depiction of current events, he disguised its true subject in an ancient setting: the muscular medieval hero Masakiyo is shown mercilessly defeating a shipload of foolish-looking Koreans during Hideyoshi's conquest of China through Korea in 1592 and 1597. The gun ships give away the true event, though. Yoshitoshi simply dressed the 19th c. British as 16th c. Koreans.


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