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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

"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.

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