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Eastern Brocades: No. 23 Ariwara no Narihira

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 23 Ariwara no Narihira, 04/01/1886
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 8 15/16 in. (331.79 mm x 227.01 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.47

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Ariwara no Narihira

No. 23. Back to back print with 93.6.46.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The 10th century poetic anthology Tales of Ise contains several verses that reportedly describe the love life of Ariwara no Narihira (825-880). According to legend, this handsome poet and courtier eloped with Fujiwara no Koshi (842-910) who was already betrothed to Emperor Seiwa, and the young couple fled to the grassy plains of Musashi Province, where they were caught.

Inset: Narihira on horseback passing by Mt. Fuji, about which he wrote several poems.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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