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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)

Identifier: 1852 Kuniyoshi geese
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.)

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

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