Chikanobu's Satsuma Rebellion Senso-e - This interesting group of senso-e or war triptychs by Chikanobu primarily depicts scenes from the 1877 Satsuma Rebellion, known in Japan as the Seinan Senso or Southwestern War, between rebel samurai and the new Imperial government. Military reforms imposed by the Meiji restoration of the Emperor in 1867 left samurai unemployed when the samurai class was abolished. Many disaffected former samurai resided in Satsuma Province and many of the battles took place there, leading to the name of the conflict. Former Imperial Army General Saigo Takamori was the leader of the rebels, but the war was short-lived, with the Japanese Army proving victorious and Saigo and many of his men committing seppuku. This is the first time we've offered many of these Chikanobu designs.
Comments - Terrific depiction of the arraignment of Oyama Tsunayoshi, who was accused of treason during the Satsuma Rebellion. Tsunayoshi was serving as vice-governor of Kagoshima Prefecture when the rebellion broke out, and was a close friend of rebel leader Saigo Takamori. The prisoner stands at left, tied with a rope around his waist, leaning over the railing and angrily responding to questioning by the panel of officers seated at a long table covered with a floral tablecloth, documents spread out before them. In the right panel, the National Police Chief Kawaji Toshiyoshi sits at upper left, wearing a black uniform jacket with epaulets, tied with a red sash. Beautifully detailed with a burnished geometric pattern on Tsunayoshi's black kimono. An intriguing historic subject, also in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Beautifully printed with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight ink bleeding. Please see photos for details.
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