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Utagawa Kunimasa, Japanese, (1773–1810)
Panoramic View of the Osumi Satsuma Naval Battle, 1877
Ink on Paper
14 in. x 28 1/4 in. (355.6 mm x 717.55 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.171

Alternate Title: Osumi Satsuma kairiku no gunbi hitome no chiran


On paper backing, in pencil: Kunimasa. Japanese text printed in the upper center of the left panel and in the lower right of the left panel. Text also printed in the right panel in the upper area and in the lower right. Seals all over the piece.

Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
A historical scene with ships in the water at a harbor and fighting scenes on land. At the base of the volcanic island Sakurajima is the Satsuma clan castle that briefly served as the headquarters for Saigo's rebellion. This print depicts the naval bombardment that captured the fortress for Meiji government forces. At lower left are some of Saigo's ground troops in retreat. The cartouches on the print identify important sites around Kagoshima Bay and describe the course of the battle. Kunimasa studied under Kunisada II and assumed that studio name in 1889, and later called himself Toyokuni IV, reflecting the various influences on his work. However, in this rather naive landscape rendering, Kunimasa seems to be copying the Yokohama School of Western style prints.

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