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91213-0005 - Emperor Jimmu


Outside Showa 1930s Unknown

Early 20th century print of a bearded Emperor Jimmu (Jinmu-tenno), the mythical founder of Japan.

He is carrying a long bow and is accompanied by a wild bird. In the traditional lists of Japanese emperors, Jimmu is always listed as Japan’s first emperor.

From Yamato Zakura (國畫史帖大和桜), a jingoistic history textbook for elementary students with prints based on Ukiyo-e masterpieces from the late 19th century, published in 1935 (Showa 10).

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