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Kojima Shōgetsu

Imperial Phoenix Carriage Leaving the Palace (Nishinomaru tenkyo yori aoyama kampeishiki e hoosha goko no zu) Japanese Meiji Woodblock Triptych



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A Japanese woodblock triptych from the Meiji period.

  • A historically significant depiction illustrating the Emperor and Empress Meiji in the imperial carriage on the afternoon of February 11, 1889. The carriage and accompanying procession had just crossed the Niju Bridge toward the parade grounds to celebrate Japan's new Constitution, and this was the first time in Japan's history that the Emperor and Empress were seen riding together in the same coach.
  • Nishiki-e, ink and color on vertical ôban by Kojima Shōgetsu 小島勝月 (Japanese, active c. 1870-1904).
  • Museum placard on verso.
  • Black metal frame glazed with acrylic.


Collection of Sheldon and Heather Siegel


“Forging the New Japan: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection of Sheldon and Heather Siegel." Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art at Midland Center for the Arts. Midland, Michigan, 2014.

Condition Report

Overall very good condition with minimal fading and some very minor spotting visible on close inspection.

Small scratches to frame.

Art not examined outside of frame.


Height: 20.25 inches / 51.44 cm
Width: 35.25 inches / 89.53 cm

Sight Height: 13.5 inches / 34.29 cm

Sight Width: 27.75 inches / 70.48 cm


Paper, Acrylic, Painted Metal

Decorative Style

Asian Decorative Arts

Country of Origin


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