Skip to main content

Commodore Perry and the Black Ship

Description Hand-drawn and written scroll
Created Date 1854
Contributor Unknown
Language Japanese
Identifier Local: The Melikian Collection L2011.008.065
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Dimension: 10 ½ x 132 in.
Note The scroll depicts Commodore Perry and his naval fleet stationed at Shimoda Harbor. Commodore Perry was an American naval commander who led American expeditions to Japan, on behalf of President Fillmore, in order to persuade the Japanese to open their ports.1 The scroll is a contemporary record from the year 1854, the year the Treaty of Kanagawa was signed and relations initiated between Japan and the U.S. In a sketchy, outlined manner, it offers views of Perry’s steamship and boats arriving at the harbor, followed by a procession of American officers. Additionally, it features zoomed-in views of the steamship, the officers’ costumes and musical instruments.

The disproportional figures indicate that the artist of the scroll was most... (more)
Collaborating Institutions ASU Art Museum / School of Art / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

38.8 KB image/jpeg (565 x 330px)
Download Count: 104