Naganuma Moriyoshi

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  • Born: 1857
  • Died: 1942
  • Japanese: 長沼守敬 (Naganuma Moriyoshi)

Naganuma Moriyoshi was a Tokyo-based bronze sculptor of the Meiji period, one of the first Japanese to be trained in the Italian tradition.

He studied sculpture in Venice, and in 1891 became an Italian teacher at the Military Artillery Engineering School. Commissioned to produce sculptures of members of the Môri clan, he established a new workshop at the artillery arsenal at Koishikawa (in Tokyo); Naganuma later designed sculptures of Taiwan Chief of Home Affairs Mizuno Jun and railroad engineer Hasegawa Kinsuke, erected in Taipei in 1903 and 1911 respectively.


  • Suzuki Eka, "Building Statues of Japanese Governors: Monumental Bronze Sculptures and Colonial Cooperation in Taiwan under Japanese Rule," presentation at 2013 UCSB International Conference on Taiwan Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, 7 Dec 2013.