Kiyochika: Military Grand Parade at Hibiya, Tokyo (Sold)

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Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Military Grand Parade at Hibiya, Tokyo
Date: 1882

Tokyo Hibiya Kanpeishiki [no] zu; Military Grand Parade at Hibiya, Tokyo. The personage with no name tag must be Emperor Meiji himself, standing center with his arm on his hip. Note that "kou" is used after many of the names. This seems to be a title used by the nobility appointed or created by Emperor Meiji after the Edo Shogunate was toppled, and in the West corresponds to duke and may be translated as marquess. Most of the figures with this title were ex -samurai who fell in with Meiji (and thus fell out with their more independent shoguns), and received the title as their reward for loyalty. << ? >> Yamada-kou. Kuroda-kou (Marquess Kuroda Nagahiro)  Arisugawa-no-miya  ([something]-no-miya is a title given to a branch of the Imperial family, in the path of succession to the throne. =Saigou Takamori. If this is really the famous Saigou Takamori, then he should have been dead by that date, and also, he died opposing the new system Meiji was promoting and fought for independence of this shogunate in S. Kyushu (Satsuma), so this is probably his younger brother, who did buddy-up with Meiji,  = SaigouJuudou, alternatively read as "Tsugumichi". Iwakura-kou (Iwakura Tomomi). Sanjou-kou (Sanjou Sanetomi -- famous for being the face on the now-defunct 500 yen notes).   Kitashirakawa-no-miya.    Inoue-kou

Condition: Excellent impression and color; very good condition. Creasing.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Signature: ---Kiyochika ga