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Kiyomasa kneeling next to women he rescued from the burning Fushimi Castle

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Kiyomasa kneeling next to women he rescued from the burning Fushimi Castle

Yoshu Chikanobu, Japanese, (1838–1912)

Creation date: 1886
Creation place: Japan

Other Information

Type: Woodblock
Medium and Support: Woodblock
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Paul S. Anderson
Accession Number: 1966.202.7
Dimensions: 13 1/8 in. x 9 1/8 in. (33.34 cm x 23.18 cm)

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The great Japanese general Kato Kiyomasa kneels next to women he rescued from the burning Fushimi Castle of which we can only see the smoke at the right of the picture. Although Kiyomasa was imprisoned after his failure to successfully invade Korea, his heroic actions during the earthquake and fire at the Fushimi Castle earned him much honor and respect. In his characteristic full-body armor and holding a naginata (halberd-like pole weapon), Kiyomasa displays the qualities of a true Japanese hero. Famous heroes like Kiyomasa were glorified in the Ukiyo-e prints of the Meiji period as a counterpoint to the growing westernization and modernization of Japan.
Last Updated: 2/16/2011

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dreams and Diversions: 250 Years of Japanese Prints from the San Diego Museum of San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 6/5/2011

Visible Vaults The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/12/2016 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Andreas Marks and Dr. Sonya Quintanilla. Dreams and Diversions University of Washington Press. Seattle, WA, 2010
Page Number: 181-183, Figure Number: 140


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