Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Fujiwara no Masakiyo (藤原正清) watches decending geese at Hokkyō (Hokkyō rakugan - 北京落雁) from the series Military Brilliance for the Eight Views (Yōbu hakkei - 燿武八景)

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Dates: 1852,created
Dimensions: 9.75 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri in red
Publisher: Enshūya Hikobei (Marks 055 - seal 21-016)
Censor seals: Mera and Watanabe
Date seal: 7/1852

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; British Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum; Lyon Collection - Eda Genzō from this series;Lyon Collection - Inagawa Yoshioto from this series;Lyon Collection - Akushichibyōe Kagekiyo from this series;Lyon Collection - Suzuki Shigeyuki from this series;

Physical description:

"The Japanese general Katō Kiyomasa (1562-1611), here depicted during his Korean campaign of 1592, pines for home as he watches a flock of geese in flight. In that it was forbidden to depict historical figures from the late 16th century, that of Kiyomasa is disguised a Masakiyo of the aristocratic Fujiwara family. A knowing public, though, would have understood the actual identity of the character. This illustration relates to Homing geese at the Northern capital from the Eight views."

Quoted from: Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 by Robert Schaap, p. 108, with a color reproduction.

Schaap adds: "The second state of this print is recognisable by the ōgi ('folding fan') which is not shaded in the folded segments." (Ibid.)


Illustrated in color on page 140 of Andreas Marks' Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900.