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Title

(Gold and silver mines in Sado Island)

18th century


Artist

Unknown

Japan


About

Sado Island, off present day Niigata Prefecture, began to produce gold and silver from the 15th century. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who united Japan in the late 16th century, placed the island under his direct control. This policy was continued by the following Tokugawa Shogunate regime, which established it as a penal settlement. The scroll depicts the mines, processing of the precious metals and other activities. A number of these scrolls exist, at Tokyo University, Kyoto University, The Tokyo National Museuma and the Japanese Government Cabinet Library (Naikaku Bunko). They are thought to have been commissioned by mining officials returning to Edo, as a gift to senior Shogunate officials.

Asian Art Dept.
AGNSW 19 June 2001


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

18th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

handscroll; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

25.7 x 906.5 cm image


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Mrs Phyllis Warnock in memory of Dr Leonard I Warnock 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

342.2001


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

36


Place

Where the work was made
Japan