Presentation of the Emperor's Gift Cup for the second time to commanders involved in pacifying Western Japan (Saigoku)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Presentation of the Emperor's Gift Cup for the second time to commanders involved in pacifying Western Japan (Saigoku)

by Utagawa Yoshitsuya II, 1877


IHL Cat. #684

About This Print

Military commanders are being entertained at the behest of Emperor Meiji, as a reward for their service in putting down rebellions in Western Japan.  While the release of this print corresponds with the suppression of the Satsuma Rebellion, its title seems to also encompass the earlier disturbances in the Saigoku (western area) of Japan in October and November of 1876.  Fourteen named senior officers in the Imperial Army are shown in the print, receiving the Emperor's Gift Cup of sake for their contributions.  Note the contrast between the officer's stern expressions and those of the geisha serving them.

After the last of the rebel forces were decimated by the Imperial Army in late September 1877, the Emperor made sure to visit and congratulate both officers and soldiers.  "The various generals who had participated in the war were acclaimed with triumphal returns, shared by soldiers of humble ranks, and decorations were awarded to the principal agents of the victory."1   All the officers and men were given a two percent bonus,  "on the amount of their pay, in commemoration of the suppression of the Satsuma rebellion.”2

Pictured in the print, starting with the left-most cartouche in the left panel are:
Cartouche kanji
 Translation  Full name (when known)  Full name in kanji  Years of existence
 山縣中将  Lt. General Yamagata  Yamagata Aritomo  山縣 有朋  1838-1922
 岩村公   Prince Iwamura  Iwamura Michitoshi   岩村 通俊  1840-1915
 柳原公  Prince Yanaghihara  Yanagihara Sakimitsu  柳原 前光  1850-1894
 伏見宮  Fushiminomiya  Fushiminomiya Sadanaru  貞愛 宮貞教  1858-1923
 三浦少将  Major General Miura  Miura Gorō   三浦 梧楼  1847-1926
 大山少将   Major General Oyama  Oyama Iwao  大山 巌  1842-1916
 曾我少将  Major General Soga  Soga Sukenori  曾我祐準  1844-1935
 岩倉公  Prince Iwakurai  Iwakura Tomomi  岩倉 具視  1825-1883
 有栖川宮  Arisugawanomiya  Arisugawanomiya Taruhito   有栖川宮 熾仁  1835-1895
 三条公  Prince Sanjō  Sanjō Sanetome  三条 実美  1837-1891
 山田少将  Major General Yamada  Yamada Akiyoshi  山田 顕義  1844-1892
 谷少将  Major General Tani  Tani Tateki (aka Tani Kanjō)  谷 干城  1837-1911
 川路少将  Major General Kawaji   Kawaji Toshiyoshi  川路 利良  1834-1879
 福原大佐  Colonel Fukuhara  Minoru? Fukuhara    
 井田少将  Major General Ida  Ida Yuzuru  井田 譲  1838-1889



1 Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912, Donald Keene, Columbia University Press, 2002, p. 285.
2 The Japan Weekly Mail, Vol. 1, No. 38., October 13, 1877.

A Popular Subject

The artist Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912) created a number of similar prints as shown below.

 
  Yōshū Chikanobu
A Depiction of the Commanders Responsible for Pacifying the Kagoshima Rebels Receiving the Emperor's Gift Cup, September 20, 1877
Scripps College SC2003.1.64
 
Yōshū Chikanobu
View of the Gift of the Emperor's Cup to the Commanders of the Pacification of the Western Province (of Japan)
西国鎮静諸将天盃賜ル図
September 1877
 
Yōshū Chikanobu
A View of the Generals who Pacified Western Japan, Receiving the Emperor's Gift Cups

西国鎮静撫諸将賜天盃之図
July 5, 1877

Yōshū Chikanobu
View of the Gift of the Emperor's Gift Cup
September 5, 1877
The Metropolitan Museum
of Art JP3221, 3222, 3223


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #684
 Title  Presentation of the Emperor's Gift Cup for the second time to commanders involved in pacifying Western Japan (Saigoku).
西国鎮撫諸将  再度 賜天盃之図 
 Artist
 Utagawa Yoshitsuya II (active 1870s)
 Signature

一英斎芳艶 画
Ichisei Yoshitsuya ga
画工 箕輪兵吉
Minowa Eikichi
 Seal
 Date 1877 (Meiji 10)
1877, 9th month, 24th day
 Publisher
possibly Kimuraya Sadagorō [Marks: pub. ref. 240]
出版人 木村定五郎 [publisher Kimura Sadagorō]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - full-size; three sheets joined and backed; paper losses along top margin and into image in right corner; soiling throughout; several brown stains
 Genre  ukiyo-e; senso-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper  14 5/8 x 29 1/2 in. (37.1 x 74.9 cm)
 Collections This Print
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last revision:
1/7/2019
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