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Hand-coloured woodblock print. No. 7 in a set of twelve. Korean embassy procession: Two Koreans on horseback; two Korean standard bearers; two Japanese samurai officials with shaven heads and swords; four Japanese men carrying official document box; two additional Korean officials. Woodblock on paper with hand-colouring.
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Height: 28.70 centimetres (approx.)
Width: 40.40 centimetres (approx.)
- Curator's comments
The British Museum has 10 prints from a set of 12 hand-coloured prints, imitating a painted handscroll, issued to record the procession of the Korean envoy of 1711. The first print in the series has Masanobu's signature. (Label copy, TTC 1998)
In set with 1926,0410,0.40.1-4
In set with 1926,0410,0.40.6-10
These are from a series of twelve, of which the first two are missing from the British Museum's set. They were probably intended to be made into a handscroll, in which form they survive in other copies. The Korean embassy of 1711 made a big impression, and these pictures of it were printed on the orders of the military government. The Japanese samurai accompanying the Koreans have shaven heads and some carry swords. The missing first sheet is signed 'Picture by the Eastern Japanese artist Okumura Masanobu'. 'Eastern' refers to the city of Edo. This is one of the earliest works of this major 'Ukiyoe' artist and publisher.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016 Oct - 2017 Apr, London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
2019 October - 2020 April, BM Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries
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