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Maker(s):Unknown; Masunaga, publisher
Culture:Japanese; Japanese (active 1800s)
Title:Picture of an American ('Amerikajin ga')
Date Made:19th century
Materials:polychrome woodblock print
Place Made:Nagasaki
Measurements:sheet: 17 1/2 in x 12 7/8 in ; 44.5 cm x 32.7 cm; image: 16 15/16 in x 7 5/16 in ; 43.0 cm x 18.6 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1996.250
Credit Line:Gift of Lakenan Barnes (Class of 1928)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

reproduction; nagasaki-e; nishiki-e

Label Text:
This print is unsigned but bears the mark of the publisher Masunaga, who was active in Nagasaki's Motoshitachō, but about whom little else is known (see: Marks, Andreas "Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints," Hotei (2011): U211, 411–412). Such pictures of foreigners were immensely popular, especially in the port towns of Nagasaki and Yokohama. This print is pasted onto a detached book page, the verso of which reads "No. 5," indicating that this print was possibly made for export or is a later reproduction. - BB, 2014

figures; men; standing; flags; hats; beards; maps

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