Gakutei: Surimono of a seated Japanese General
Artist: Yashima Gakutei
Title: Surimono of a seated Japanese General
Series: “Twenty-four Generals of the Katsushika Circle” Katsushika nijushisho
Date: ca. 1821
A Japanese warrior, probably Takemikazuchi-no-kami, in his furry costume with a sword and a bow and arrows and seated on a huge rock. If this is Takemikazuchi-no-kami, he successfully fought in the Province of Izumo under the order of Amaterasu Ômikami and is known as a key person of this expedition. He is worshipped at the Kashima Shrine in Hitachi Province (present Ibaragi Pref.). A poem by Bunpukuya Chagama(ru) mentions a keystone (person), kanameishi of the eastern country where it was pleasant to live and refers to a plum blossom of new spring to become a ripe fruit during his reign. A pun played on word kanameishi refers to a keystone (person) for successful expedition as well as Kashima Shrine which has a holy rock known for stopping earthquakes. Provenance: Beres collection.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Backing remnants, verso.
Literature: See “Reading Surimono” (2008) by John Carpenter, page 152, plates 24-31 for seven other designs from this series.
Signature: Gakutei Sadaoka hitsu