On the Third Day of the Third Month of 1858, the Mito Samurai Gathered on Atago Hill in Shiba, circa 1875

by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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On the Third Day of the Third Month of 1858, the Mito Samurai Gathered on Atago Hill in Shiba, circa 1875 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Original Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) Japanese Woodblock Print
On the Third Day of the Third Month of 1858, the Mito Samurai Gathered on Atago Hill in Shiba, circa 1875

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On the Third Day of the Third Month of 1858, the Mito Samurai Gathered on Atago Hill in Shiba, circa 1875 - Fantastic scene of Mito warriors gathering atop Mt. Atago on March 3, 1860, to drink their last farewell, having decided to assassinate Ii Tairo (Ii Naosuke), the Lord Hikone, to avenge their late master. Naosuke had signed the Harris Treaty with the United States in 1858, opening Japan to trade with America, a move that sharply divided the country. Between 1858 and 1860, he also conducted the Ansei Purge, removing anyone in power opposed to his policies by imprisonment, exile, or death. He was assassinated by 17 samurai from Mito and one from Satsuma, on March 24, 1860. Here, the men meet at an outdoor pavilion for a last drink, three men chatting at left as a couple others climb the hill, one man lifting his straw hat to watch as they arrive. At right a warrior pulls on his armor as two men check the blades of their swords. Another fellow sits on a bench, drinking a small cup of sake from his gourd container. A seated man warms his hands around a small smoking bonfire and another writes a message. Each figure is carefully identified with a red name cartouche. A beautiful atmospheric scene with snow falling over the wintry gray sky and a few birds circling next to the towering pine tree at left. A great Yoshitoshi triptych with attractive color and fine shading on the sky and water.

Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 28 1/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Vertical fold at side of each panel. Small losses and slight thinning at edges, repaired.

On the Third Day of the Third Month of 1858, the Mito Samurai Gathered on Atago Hill in Shiba, circa 1875 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
On the Third Day of the Third Month of 1858, the Mito Samurai Gathered on Atago Hill in Shiba, circa 1875 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
On the Third Day of the Third Month of 1858, the Mito Samurai Gathered on Atago Hill in Shiba, circa 1875 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

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