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Title

Nitta no Shiro Tadatsune encountering the Goddess of Mount Fuji in a cave (Fuji no hitoana genkyu no zu)

1885

Artist

Shirai Toshinobu II

1866 – 1903

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Nitta Tadatsune seeing an apparition in a cave
    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    1885
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, triptych
    Dimensions
    37.9 x 75.9 cm
    Credit
    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    287.2018.a-c
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Shirai Toshinobu II

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    The Meiji period (1868–1912) was a time of rapid modernisation. Yet historical figures, ancient myths and traditional Shintō beliefs were used to help unify the nation and legitimise the new regime. Many images of the era present a similar synthesis of mythological, historical and modern elements. This striking print by Shirai Toshinobu II, a student of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, exemplifies the trend. It invokes ancient religions and Japan’s warrior past by illustrating a conflation of the Buddhist goddess Kannon and the spirit of Mount Fuji appearing before a famous 13th-century warrior named Nitta Tadatsune. It also hints at modern nationalism, as the goddess’s halo resembles the war flag used by the Imperial Japanese Army from 1870 to 1945.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Japan Supernatural, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2019–08 Mar 2020