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Hirokage

Utagawa Hirokage

active ca. 1855-1865

An Exhibition of a Tiger (Leopard)

signed Ichiryusai Hirokage ga, publisher's seal Bun, Tsujibun han, Yokoyamacho Sanchome (Tsujiokaya Bunsuke of Kinshodo, and date seal Saru-hachi, Aratame (year of the monkey [1860], 8th month, examined)

oban tate-e 14 7/8 by 9 5/8 in., 37.78 by 24.45 cm

Exotic animals began to be imported into Japan shortly after the port of Yokohama opened to foreign trade in 1859. Several prints published by various artists illustrate tigers or leopards which were exhibited in the Ryogoku district by 1860. The animals were usually identified as tigers, as in this case, although depicted with leopard spots, perpetuating the misconception that leopards were females of the species.

Reference:
Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan, 1990, pp.152-153, cat. no. 61 (similar composition by Yoshitoyo)

price: $ 1,200

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