[Two Kawaraban News Sheets Depicting Foreigners and Their Possessions]
[Edo. ca. 1860]. Two small broadsides, each 9 x 11 3/4 inches. Previously folded. Moderate toning and dust soiling, faint foxing at outer margins. Good plus.
Japanese news sheet on foreigners.
Two interesting Japanese Kawaraban woodblock news sheets documenting some of the foreigners who visited Japan's shores in the 1850s as the country opened up to the west. The first sheet is in four sections and titled "Western Products and Strange Things." It contains images of an English Captain, a black sailor, a microscope of Dutch style, and a mummified body wrapped in sheets. The second shows a Captain's wife and her wolfhound dog, an American Flag, and a depiction of four Russian coins obverse and reverse, and two other coins dated 1843 and 1854.