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Kankai ibun 環海異聞

Description Hand-drawn and written manuscript, one of two volumes
Created Date 1805
Contributor Otsuki 大槻, Gentaku 玄沢 (Author) / Shimura 志村, Hiroatsu 弘強 (Author)
Language Japanese
Identifier Local: The Melikian Collection L2011.008.001
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Note Size: 7 9/16 x 10 7/16 in.
Note Translation of title: Extraordinary Accounts from around the Sea, Volumes 10 & 11
Note The two volumes in the Melikian Collection are part of a manuscript set that narrates the story of a group of shipwrecked Japanese sailors and their journey around the world. These two particular volumes, 10 and 11, focus on the sailors’ time spent in St. Petersburg. During their stay, the Japanese sailors participated in a number of cultural activities, such as attending a theater show at the Imperial court and observing the launching of an aerial balloon. These activities are illustrated in the volumes, along with portraits of the Czar and possibly his son.

With the help of Russian circumnavigator Captain Krusenstern, the Japanese sailors made their way back to Nagasaki. Shortly thereafter, scholars Ōtsuki Gentaku and Shimura Hiro... (more)
Collaborating Institutions ASU Art Museum / School of Art / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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