Yoshitoshi: Battle Around Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto-jô yori shosho sensô no zu)
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Battle Around Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto-jô yori shosho sensô no zu)
Series: Chronicle of the Subjugation of Kagoshima(Kagoshima seibatsu-ki no uchi)
One half of hexaptych. Battle scene of the Satsuma Rebellion, uproar in Kagoshima in 1877 (Meiji 10) The text on the print describes: “The government armies fortunately winning at every gate of the Kumamoto Castle, they kept advancing, whereas the revels bravely struggled to death. Here and there they encounter and fought. When the government army was advancing toward Kôchi Street from Takase gate, the major took away the regiment flag. Colonel Nozu saw this happening, quickly whipped the horse and galloped straight into the middle of the enemy, slaughtering some down on his feet. He managed to retrieve the flag. This scene was the awakening moment.“ Colonel Nozu on horseback in the center sheet carries the regiment flag and Officers Yamagata and Nozu are depicted on the right sheet. Murata Sansuke of the Satsuma is struggling on foot of Colonel Nozu. in the center sheet. From the left the Satsuma troops advance with their swords since their ammunition had run out, led by Shinohara Kunimoto on horseback. The Kumamoto castle soars in distance. Here in this picture Yoshitoshi composes a favourable text of the stolen regimental flag for the governmental army. According to a historical record by Tamamuro Taijô, in an isolated area Iwakiri Shôkuro found a rucksack, in which the regimental flag was folded. He handed it over to Murata Sansuke. This happened on February 22, 1877.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Publisher: Hayashi Kichizô
Literature: See LACMA Cole Collection. keyes 352.
Signature: Oju Taiso Yoshitoshi