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Muraoka of the Konoe Clan Bound with Rope

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Lady Muraoka of the Konoe Clan, was a staunch loyalist who disagreed with the Shogunate's new open-door policy of Japan and was arrested in 1858 during the Ansei Purge. Yoshitoshi depicts Muraoka wearing elegant robes of the much earlier Heian Period, and the traditional moth eyebrows were favoured during that time. Her head falls to one side, a strand of hair in her mouth, the rope tightly bound around her torso and neck. Her kimono is beautifully decorated with flowering passion flower vines. The white petals and kimono collar are delicately embossed. This work was distributed in the Yamato Shimbun newspaper in 1887.

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