Reception for Commodore Perry by Japanese Noblemen
Color woodblock print
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Reception for Commodore Perry by Japanese Noblemen, ca. 1887. Color woodblock print, 14 x 20 3/8 in. (35.6 x 51.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X729.3
overall, X729.3_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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This scene shows a Japanese reception for American officers, who were brought to Japan by Commodore Matthew Perry in 1854. At the reception, the American officers are shown wearing naval uniforms; the Japanese officers wear traditional formal garments (monpuku). Those in the foreground sit in the traditional pose, holding swords and facing inward. A black curtain hangs above the guests platform at the right. This curtain indicates the higher rank of the officers seated under it. This event is recorded as having taken place on February 10th, 1854 at Yokohama.
Under the order of the governor of Uranga, Izawa Mimasaka no kami, the artist Takagawa Bunsen painted the original design which here has been reproduced by the printmaker Sensai Eiko. The copyright and the right of publication are held by the publisher Akiyama Mataro (Tokyo). The title of the reception is given above the picture.
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