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A woman saving the nation

A woman saving the nation
from the Taiheiki chronicle series

colour and silver woodblock (triptych)
(a-c) 36.4 × 72.5 cm (image) (overall)
Place/s of Execution
(a) printed in ink (in Japanese characters) (in image) u.l.: Gokoku onna Taiheiki
printed in brown ink (in Japanese characters) (in image) l.l.: (Akiyama Buemon's seal: publisher)
printed in red ink in relief (on previous inscription) l.l.: (...illeg.) (Yoshitoshi's seal)
printed in ink (in image) l.l.: (Enkats' seal: engraver)
printed in ink l.l.: (...illeg.) (date seal, 1886)
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1999
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Gordon Darling Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
In the sumptuous interior of folding screens and lacquer furniture, the Shogun (military ruler) Tsunayoshi is shown in the centre panel fast asleep. He is dreaming of his favourite concubine, Oyanagi no okata who is shown superimposed over the scene and filling the right panel. Behind him in the left panel his wife Osame holds a dagger. The Shogun is unaware that his concubine's father Yanagisawa, the Lord of Dewa, has been plotting to overthrow him. But his wife has discovered the plot, and is courageously planning to kill the concubine's father and then kill herself in order to save the Nation and her husband.