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Satsu-shu Kagoshima Senki (Record of the Battle of Kagoshima in Satsu-shu)
Funatsu Chujiro, 1877, Book Condition: Near Fine, First Edition, Signed by Illustrator, Illustrated By: YoshitoshiSize: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall, Artist: Taiso (great resurrection) Yoshitoshi. Title: Satsu-shu [Sasshu] Kagoshima Senki (Record of the Battle of Kagoshima in Satsu-shu) From the Satsuma Rebellion. Publ.: Funatsu Chujiro. Date: Meiji 10 (1877). The print is contemporaneous with the battle memorialized. Size: (HxW) 13.75" x 9.5" (each of 3 pieces) of triptych. Oban tate-e. Signature: oju Taiso Yoshitoshi. Condition: Near Fine impression and state. No creasing observed. Immensely clean, front and back. Sharp, unbroken key block lines and with well-registered colors. Vibrant aniline dye colors, slight color transfer. Very good color choices, with black, olive, purple, red and mustard yellow dominating. Deft bokashi evident in the purple and elsewhere. Note that upright sword of central character on middle triptych almost certainly used gin (tin) or akegane (copper) to imitate silver, probably using starch-printing (nori-zuri) technique, and the metal-color has moderately transferred or off-set to part of the center of the left-hand triptych, but is scarcely noticeable except across a white sleeve. Fully trimmed; no outer margins. Comments: Right-side triptych includes addresses of artist and publisher, as required by law. Original price printed as 7 sen. The portrait of Saigo (general) Takamori [?] drawn byTsukioka Yonejiro. The Battle of Kagoshima in Satsu-shu is more commonly know as the Battle of Tabaruzaka. On March 4, 1877, Imperial Army General Yamagata ordered a frontal assault from Tabaruzaka, guarding the approaches to Kumamoto, which developed into an eight-day long battle. This ukiyo-e print states: "Very brave disenfranchised samurai got together and decided upon a military order for sending their soldiers to fight around a very important road going into Kumamoto." The samurai, in addition to swords, were armed with Enfield and Model 1857 Six Line (Russian) muzzle loading rifles and could fire approximately one round per minute.
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