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9.1"x13.8" + margins
Signed in image from block
The Lavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints
Himeji-jo (Castle) was originally built in 1346. Throughout its history it was owned by thirteen warrior families, not the least of which was Hashiba (Toyotomi) Hideyoshi, the commoner who rose to become the de facto military dictator of Japan during the Sengoku-jidai (Civil War Era). Lord Hideyoshi reconstructed the castle as a three storied structure in 1581. In 1601, Ikeda Terumasa, son-in-law of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the shogun who defeated the Hideyoshi family, transformed the castle into its present five tiered configuration with three smaller donjons.Format is Oban tate-e. No pencil signature in the margin suggests that this is one of the 2000 prints done for the enthronement of the emperor in 1928 which was published in a special edition book by English language “The Japan Advertiser” newspaper. The first stirke was done in 1926, but the strike for the enthronement book is a later edition done in 1928.