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)
September 1877
Yōshū Chikanobu
A View of the Generals who Pacified Western Japan, Receiving the Emperor's Gift Cups

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 
 Utagawa Yoshitsuya II (active 1870s)

一英斎芳艶 画
Ichisei Yoshitsuya ga
画工 箕輪兵吉
Minowa Eikichi
(birth name of the artist)
 Date1877 (Meiji 10)
1877, 9th month, 24th day
deciphering several of the characters in the publisher seal, shown left, is difficult but it is likely a seal of the publisher Kimuraya Sadagorō 出版人 木村定五郎 [Marks: pub. ref. 240]

 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
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 14 5/8 x 29 1/2 in. (37.1 x 74.9 cm)
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