MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Painting
DIMENSIONS: 13 1/3 X 16 1/2 inches.
COMPONENTS: painitng
NOTES: Rare and original.
ITEM ID: 3519
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Commodore Perry’s Black Ship Painting

Year: 1854
Decade: 1850s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: c1854

Japanese hand-painted manuscript painting of Commodore Perry’s Black Ship.

Scholar Sven Saaler commented, “Wow this looks amazingly real. Many of the depictions at the time showed Perry as a demon and his ship like a cartoon.”

Andrew Kamei-Dyche, “A very nice piece. Many images made of the “black ships” and earlier foreign vessels were quite realistic; we can see examples in the official documents prepared as reports for the Bakufu following visits from Europeans. Japanese observers were no strangers to Western vessels, even if they were forbidden from attempting to construct them. The popular ukiyoe prints depicting them as monsters, which show up in so many textbooks, are interpreted by modern readers as suggesting that the Japanese were ignorant of Western ships, but the prints in question were parodies and never intended to be realistic depictions.”