Re: another unknown diptych


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Posted by Alec W. (2.27.33.88) 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:

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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."

https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/4595399

Other links:

https://www.wul.waseda.ac.jp/kotenseki/html/chi05/chi05_03981_0002/index.html
https://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1310792?tocOpened=1
https://www.harashobo.com/english/ukiyoe_detail.php?print_id=27756

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

Best,
-A



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