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Toshidama Gallery:Toyohara Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)  Guard Ladies of the Chiyoda Palace, 1892. | by Toshidama-Gallery
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Toshidama Gallery:Toyohara Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Guard Ladies of the Chiyoda Palace, 1892.

The six women in the foreground are guards, uniformly dressed in thick black robes and protective headgear. They are responsible for protecting the palace residents whenever there is a fire or other disturbance. Several carry halberds (naginata); behind them in silhouette are similarly garbed shadowy figures and palace buildings set against burning embers blown from the Edo Castle walls.

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Taken on January 31, 2013