Call No. [Page No.]: [p. 99]
Document Type: Glass plate negative and print
Category: Asia - Japan Collection
Date: Circa 1850
Volume info: 4 sheets of colored woodblock prints
The Kingdom of Ryūkyū was annexed in 1609 by the Lord of Satsuma Province (present Kagoshima in Kyūshū, southern island of Japan). In order to project a powerful image and impress the central government in Edo, the Satsuma government sent envoys of the Ryūkyū to Edo on special occasions. A procession of envoys usually consisted of 100 members from the Kingdom of Ryūkyū accompanied by several hundred officials from Satsuma. There were eighteen processions recorded from 1634 and 1850. Processions were showcased with exotic costumes, traditional instruments, colorful banners of Ryūkyū, which became a huge attraction to people in Japan. The experience inspired many publications and paintings. The four sheets of colored woodblock prints evoke one's imagination of the past events.
Treasure record edited by Hamilton Library at 2010-07-30 16:07:25