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Tomoe Gozen and Xiang Yu
  • Katsushika Hokusai
    born: Katsushika ward, Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan
  • Tomoe Gozen and Xiang Yu, 1820, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Soramitsuya-ren wakan buyū awase: Sanban no uchi (Japan and China in Contests of Bravery, for the Soramitsuya Circle: A Series of Three) (Japanese and Chinese Heroes for the Soramitsuya Circle)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 220 x 190 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 86 5/8 x 74 3/4 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1395
Label Text

Two figures in a landscape. The male figure (Chinese general Xiang Yu) on the left is writing calligraphy with his left hand and holding a large footed bowl over his head with his right. He is wearing armor with green and white areas trimmed in gray and salmon areas. He is wearing a hat and has a moustache. The woman (Japanese warrior Tomoe Goze) to his right has predominantly gray armor with green and salmon colored accents. She has as green headband and a holds a scroll of calligraphy ( It reads “The strength of the breeze of Tomoe’s fan blows the fragrance of the plum blossom higher than the cauldron.”) There is a tree from the bottom right corner to top center. The table in front of the man is salmon colored with a green top. Poem by Soramitsuya Tadagaki Maeda.