I have just added a print by Utagawa Yoshikazu to the colelction. Yoshikazu is a "Yokohama School" artist, which means his favorite subjects were foreigners and foreign manners. He lived all his life in Edo.
This print is very Japanese in nature. It is of Kiso Yoshinaka and Tomoe Gozen [木曽義仲 巴御前]. Tomoe was a female samurai warrior (onna bugeisha) and concubine of Minamoto no Yoshinaka. He had ambitions to lead the Minamoto clan, but lost in battle to his cousin Yoshitomo at the Battle of Awazu on 21 February 1184. Their explits are described in The Tale of the Heike.
We have been collecting netsuke and Japanese prints for several years, and hope
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