Departure from Camp in the Snow at Kawajiri, 1877

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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Departure from Camp in the Snow at Kawajiri, 1877 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
Departure from Camp in the Snow at Kawajiri, 1877

Series; Snow, Moon, and Flowers in the Southwest
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The Satsuma Rebellion - Known in Japanese as the Seinan Senso or Southwestern War, the Satsuma Rebellion took place in 1877 between disaffected former samurai and Meiji Imperial forces. With the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji restoration of the Emperor in 1867, the samurai class was abolished, leaving this once ruling class unemployed and impoverished. Led by former Imperial Army General Saigo Takamori, samurai from the Satsuma domain in Kagoshima rebelled against the government, leading to a series of battles that ultimately ended in the defeat of the rebels at the Battle of Shiroyama, with Saigo committing seppuku or ritual suicide. Woodblock prints of the conflict were popular, providing accounts of the latest battles to a public eager for news.

Departure from Camp in the Snow at Kawajiri, 1877 - Interesting scene of Saigo Takamori and the rebels leaving camp at Kawajiri during the Satsuma Rebellion, known in Japanese as the Seinan Senso or Southwestern War, hence the series title. He rides a brown horse at right, wearing a military uniform and plumed hat, watching as his troops make their way across the valley below in the snow. Red and white flags flutter above the samurai, their shoulders covered with snow. A dynamic design with a dramatic winter mountain setting.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and good detail. A few light creases at edges and repairs.

Departure from Camp in the Snow at Kawajiri, 1877 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Departure from Camp in the Snow at Kawajiri, 1877 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Departure from Camp in the Snow at Kawajiri, 1877 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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