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Eastern Brocades: No. 17, Akechi Mitsuhide

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 17, Akechi Mitsuhide, n.d.
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 9 3/16 in. (331.79 mm x 233.36 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.12

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Akechi Mitsuhide

No. 17. Back to back print with 93.6.13. Note: title can be read "Azumae chuya kurabe," however, treat this as one of the "Azumanishiki chuya kurabe" series.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Although a trusted retainer of the warlord Oda Nobunaga (1510-1551), Akechi Mitsuhide (1528-1582) was enraged when Nobunaga murdered his mother. Mitsuhide attacked Nobunaga at the Kyoto temple of Honno-ji, setting it afire. Nobunaga reportedly committed suicide.

Inset: Confrontation at Azuchi Castle, Nobunaga's home base.

For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.

Kobayashi Testujiro

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