cut velvet silk
224 x 165 cm
The great shogunal mausoleum at Nikko, in the mountains to the north of Tokyo, was a very popular foreign tourist destination from the 1870s onwards. The gateway to the main shrine of the Toshogu, built by Tokugawa Hidetada in memory of Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542-1616), the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, was frequently depicted in the cut velvet technique, but this is an exceptionally large and impressive example.
J. Earle, Splendors of Imperial Japan: Arts of the Meiji period from the Khalili Collection, London 2002, cat. 280, pp. 392–3.