Re: another unknown diptych

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Posted by Alec W. ( on December 27, 2021 at 20:18:05:

In Reply to: another unknown diptych posted by Francis on December 27, 2021 at 19:00:37:

Title: "Tōsei goma no ohagi" 当世ごまのおはぎ

The Historiographical Institute also has this one, and does indeed connect it to the Boshin War. They assign a date of 1868, and appear to associate the figures with the "usual suspect" domains (Satsuma, Chōshū, etc.) as well as to the shōgun, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, and his "official" wife, Tenshō-in.

The National Library of Australia has it catalogued, and they offer a small but helpful scrap of interpretation:

"Japanese print shows people grinding sesame seeds into sesame paste. In Japanese, it means flattering people at a higher level."

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I don't know where you keep digging these up, but they're lots of fun!


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