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『扶桑高貴鑑』
A Mirror of Japan’s Nobility: The Emperor Meiji, His Wife, and Prince Haru (Fūsō kōki kagami)

Artist:
Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912)
Period:
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Date:
August 8th, 1887
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
14 3/4 x 29 5/8 in. (37.5 x 75.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959
Accession Number:
JP3241a–c
Not on view
This portrait of the imperial family was a form of propaganda that aimed to demonstrate the cultural authority of the newly established emperor as the head of state. Crown Prince Haru (1879–1925) would eventually ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne, but he suffered from severe health and learning disabilities, and his responsibilities were delegated to regents. Chikanobu shows the imperial family with various manifestations of Western culture.
Signature: Oju Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu (comissioned of Yoshu Chikanobu)
Lincoln Kirstein , New York (until 1959; donated to MMA).
Santa Fe. New Mexico Museum of Art. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," June 28, 1987–August 3, 1987.

Portland Art Museum. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," August 28, 1987–October 4, 1987.

Billings. Yellowstone Art Museum. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," October 31, 1987–January 3, 1988.

Santa Fe Community College Art Gallery. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," February 13, 1988–March 20, 1988.

Albany Institute of History and Art. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," April 16, 1988–July 17, 1988.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," August 6, 1988–November 6, 1988.

Charleston, WA. Museum at Sunrise. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," November 26, 1988–January 1, 1989.

Pullman. Washington State University. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," January 21, 1989–February 26, 1989.

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," March 11, 1989–April 23, 1989.

Saint Louis Art Museum. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," March 13, 1989–June 18, 1989.

Syracuse. Everson Museum of Art. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," July 8, 1989–August 13, 1989.

William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut. "Impressions of a New Civilization: The Lincoln Kirstein Collection of Japanese Prints, 1860–1912," September 2, 1989–October 15, 1989.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Family Life," March 15–May 19, 2002.

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