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1857 Wood Engraving Priest Costume Shimoda Japan Commodore MC Perry XGA5

1857 Wood Engraving Priest Costume Shimoda Japan Commodore MC Perry XGA5

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This is an original 1857 black and white wood engraving of a priest in full customary dress in Simoda (Shimoda), Japan, from United States Naval Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition to the Orient.

Between the years of 1852 and 1854, President Millard Filmore ordered United States Navy Commodore Matthew Clabraith Perry to lead a squadron to Japan in order to establish diplomatic relations, open economic trade ports and protect American property and seamen in the country. At the time, Japan was almost entirely segregated from foreigners and all foreign relations; thus Perry's visit was initially strongly opposed. However, after threatening to destroy those in opposition with largely advanced weaponry, the natives obliged and agreed to accept Perry's letter from President Filmore. Upon Perry's return to Japan nearly a year later, the Japanese acquiesced to Filmore's requests and the Treaty of Kanagawa was secured, which included the opening of the Hakodate and Shimoda ports for trade purposes. It was this treaty that consequently led to the opening of Japan to other Western nations; thus resulting in the modernization of the Japanese country.


This 154+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. - bottom left corner. No natural defects. Light surface rubNo tears. No water damage. There is light creasing and bleed through visible on this engraving.

  • Product Type: Original Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.75 x 7.5 inches; 15 x 19 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This piece was illustrated by Heine, Wilhelm (William). Artist signature in print - bottom left of image.

Keywords specific to this image: Religious, Religion

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