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Artist: Ogata Gekkō 尾形月耕 (1859-1920)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, March 1, 1877
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 35.2 x 71.6 cm (13 7/8 x 28 3/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift--the Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection of prints from Meiji Japan
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

battle, Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), samurai, Satsuma Rebellion, triptych, WWII-era provenance

From the 1960s to 1999
Elizabeth D. Woodbury, Japan and Alexandria, VA, purchased in Japan in the 1960s [1]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Elizabeth D. Woodbury in 1999


[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Elizabeth D. Woodbury


This print of an event in the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877 is an early work by Ogata Gekko in which he uses the name Rosai, one of his artistic sobriquets.  A versatile artist, his style in this triptych is a relatively conservative interpretation from ukiyo-e prints.  He employs visual conventions popular in prints of the late Edo and early Meiji periods for depicting lamplight and the deep color of the night sky.  Here a band of samurai rebels, armed with swords in bamboo sheaths, arm a cannon and prepare to attack a ship carrying troops of the Japanese government in Tokyo.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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