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Gokakoku no uchi: Roshiajin

Title: Among the Five Nations: Russians
Artist: Kunihisa (1882-1891)
Format: Woodblock print
Medium: Ink and color on paper
Dimensions: 34.8 x23.9 cm (13 11/16 x9 13/32 in.)
Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

The selection of terms exhibited here is similar to that of prints Y0109 and Y0110 from the same series: "Ten is called 'hemeru' [himmel]; chiis 'semuriya' [zemlya]; minamiis 'yugu' [yug]; hiis 'dau' [den] …" The Russian couple is dressed in warm clothing appropriate to Russia's cold climate. [Adapted from Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan]

Visualizing Cultures image number: Y0111

Keywords: Russians, Westerners, foreign languages, "Five Nations"

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