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Overview of the Big Catch at Hokkaido - Fascinating illustration from what is known as the "Hokkaido Reclamation." In 1868, the Meiji government took control of the island of Hokkaido from the Ainu, its indigenous inhabitants. At upper right, the Meiji Emperor and troops watch as a group of Ainu on the shore below present offerings. The rest of the print depicts the herring fishing practiced by the Ainu along with other activities. One panel shows fishermen in boats pulling in nets, while on the shore below, a thatched roof covers an enormous catch of fish. At upper left, herring are hung on poles to dry in the sun. Several spouting whales can be seen on the ocean. A fantastic design filled with wonderful detail of the traditional culture of the Ainu.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 13" x 56 5/8" Excellent overall with no issues to report.
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Four separate panels. Small losses at edges, thinning spots, holes, repaired. Creasing throughout. Please see photos for details.
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