ORIGINAL TITLE Title: View of the American Steam Ship
PRONUNCIATION: View of the American Steam Ship
MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Broadside (Kawaraban)
DIMENSIONS: 10 X 13 1/2 in.
CONDITION: in good shape for the age.
NOTES: Very rare and original. A rare manuscript Kawaraban.
ITEM ID: 3492
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Japanese Perry and the Black Ships Kawaraban

DATE
Decade: 1850s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: c1853

Japanese hand-painted manuscript kawaraban titled “Amerkia Joki Sen no Zu.” Includes views of the American Steam Ship and information on the Arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry and the Black Ships. The manuscript depicts Perry’s Black Ship, and includes information about its size and distances to foreign lands. For example, the length of the ship is given at 60 Ken, the width at 25 Ken. It goes on to say that there are 46 cannons and 4 paddle wheels. It also states that there are 32 black sailors on board the ship (a few of them are represented in the picture as well).  Distances are given: Holland is 10,900 Ri, America is 3,000 Ri, Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) is 350 Ri, Nanking (China) is 320 Ri, Choson (Korea) is 250 Ri, etc.