“America”: A Native American Woman on Horseback in the Snow

Utagawa Hiroshige II Japanese

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In Yokohama prints, created to memorialize the arrival of foreigners in Japan in the mid-1850s, Americans were generally visualized in two different ways: either in fanciful representations of Native Americans, as seen here, or as elaborately garbed white aristocrats. Such stereotypes were created when artists, lacking direct experience of foreigners, relied on visual information through unreliable sources such as newspaper cartoons and other printed ephemera.

“America”: A Native American Woman on Horseback in the Snow, Utagawa Hiroshige II (Japanese, 1826–1869), Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper; vertical ōban, Japan

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