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Robert Mangold has been working with Japanese antiques since 1995 with an emphasis on ceramics, Paintings, Armour and Buddhist furniture.
Unprecedented! Napolean, Hideyoshi, Washington Meiji Ema Votive Plack

Unprecedented! Napolean, Hideyoshi, Washington Meiji Ema Votive Plack

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Devotional Objects: Pre 1900: Item # 1402330

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817-2 Kannonji Monzen-cho
Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8385
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Here is something I have never seen before, a votive Shrine plack dated 1888 depicting the three great unifiers, Napoleon Bonaparte, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and George Washington. It is rendered in heavy pigments on burled wood in a thick hardwood frame made to withstand being exposed. When it came to us, it had been hanging in a shrine roof, so the back was dark with soot and actually I could not even see the inscription. We washed it with warm water only, many times, and slowly revealed the back and grain around the outside edges of the frame. The inscription reads: Meiji 21 (1888) 9th month 8th day, Gashi (Painter) Kaneya Iwaguromura (a village in modern day Toyama prefecture) Osen Kinsho (respectfully painted by Osen) followed by two seals; On the left Hono (Dontated) Shinonimura (also a village in Toyama) Yonemichi Morishiro (name of the person who had the image painted and donated it to the shrine). It is 41 x 29 x 2 inches (104 x 73.5 x 4.5 cm) and in excellent condition.
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Napoleon Bonaparte was a French statesman and military leader of Italian descent who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was Emperor of the French as Napoleon I from 1804 until 1814 and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over much of continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. He is considered one of the greatest commanders in history, and his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide. Napoleon's political and cultural legacy has endured as one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in human history.
Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a preeminent daimyō, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period who is regarded as Japan's second "great unifier". He succeeded his former liege lord, Oda Nobunaga, and brought an end to the period of warring states.
George Washington was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who also served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. He led Patriot forces to victory in the nation's War for Independence.