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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
Empress Jingu from the Magazine Bijutsu Sekai
(Bijutsu sekai: Jingu Kogo)

kuchi-e (frontispiece) signed Yoshitoshi, artist's seal Taiso, ca. 1892
rare kuchi-e 14 1/8 by 9 7/8 in., 36 by 25 cm
Jingu is a legendary figure from Japanese history, an Empress (or Empress-regent) who is said to have ascended to the Chrysanthemum throne upon the Emperor's death in 200 A.D. While pregnant with her son, the future Emperor Ojin (reigned from approximately 270-310 A.D.), she took command of the army, led a successful invasion of Korea, and triumphantly assumed the regency until her son was to come of age. She is generally depicted in male attire, if not the full regalia of a warrior.
References:
Will H. Edmunds, Pointers and Clues to the Subjects of Chinese and Japanese Art, 1974, pp. 414-415
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's Women: The Woodblock-Print Series Fuzoku sanjuniso, 1995 p. 20, no.17
price: $ 950