||Doke Hyakumamben – One hundred turns of the prayer beads|
||Oban triptych (28" X 13 3/4")|
||Right sheet partially backed|
Signed Seisei Kyosai Giga (drawn for fun by Seisei Kyosai)
This is a satire on the complex political machinations of the time when Japan was reopening to the West. The octopus (with five tentacles) is thought to represent the five countries Japan was dealing with – America, France, England, Russia and Holland. See Tim Clark's Demon of Painting for a detailed analysis of the print.