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Saigo Takamori kubi jikken no zu / BJ225-267
Type : woodblock prints (Nishiki-e)
Topic : Nishiki-e depicting the scene of the inspection of Saigo Takamori's head. On September 24, 1877, the government forces under the command of Aritomo Yamagata completely surrounded Takamori Saigo, who was holed up in Kagoshima's Shiroyama, and launched an all-out attack. Saigo, Toshiaki Kirino, Shinpachi Murata, and 160 others were killed in the battle, ending the seven-month long Seinan War, the largest rebellion in modern Japan. Initially, there were rumors among the government forces that Saigo had escaped because his head was never found. Later, however, Yamakken and other generals of the government forces actually examined Saigo's body and head, and Yamakken is said to have offered a silent prayer for his soul for a while.
Title : Saigo Takamori kubi jikken no zu
Artist : Yamazaki Toshinobu
The estimated Period : Meiji era (1877)
Material : paper
Dimensions : about 365mm x 700mm(14.4in x 27.6in)(x3sheets) Sizes are approximate and may slightly from actual size.
Weight : 23gram(0.8oz)
Condition : Antique item; may have some wear. Please view pictures as they are a part of the description.
The work is not a modern reproduction, but an actual one which had been printed in 1877(estimated).