Mirror of National Costumes of All Nations (Bankoku ishō kagami)

Kobayashi Kiyochika Japanese

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These prints show the Japanese imperial couple surrounded by people in national costumes from around the world, some of which are identified in the red cartouches (from right to left): France, India, Korea, Britain, Japan (Dai Nippon), China, “Arabia,” Africa, America, and Russia. In keeping with the effort to be viewed as a modern leader, the emperor sports a mustache and beard and is dressed in a black field officer’s uniform. The empress, on the other hand, wears traditional court garments and holds a large painted fan.

Mirror of National Costumes of All Nations  (Bankoku ishō kagami), Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915), Triptych of woodblock prints (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper, Japan

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