Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Mr. Kawase's Wife Holding a Dagger, Personalities of Recent Times

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Mr. Kawase's wife holding a dagger.
Series title: Personalities of Recent Times
Publisher: Yamato Shimbunsha
Date: 1886-1888
Size: 36.8 x 24.7 cm
Condition: Wear and soiling, paper torn on the right top, vertical centrefold.

The series 'Personalities of Recent Times' was produced by Yoshitoshi these prints in the 1880s as furoku (supplements) to certain issues of the Yamato Newspaper that were distributed to subscribers. The series features illustrations of a wide variety of personalities from contemporary, and historical times.

This print shows the portrait of a wife of a samurai in the Omi district who was involved in the rebellion at the end of the shogunate era. With the Meiji restoration, the samurai class was abolished and those who previously served the shogun were stripped off their titles. With the husband passing away during the rebellion, the woman clutches a dagger with the plan to take her own life. The gesture is an echo to the old days of the samurai and contrasts with the dawn of a new enlightened era.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Yoshitoshi Tsukioka
Title Mr. Kawase's wife holding a dagger
Subject Beauty & Female
Dimensions 36.8 x 24.7 cm
Condition Report Wear and soiling, paper torn on the right top, vertical centrefold.