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Eastern Brocades: No. 6 Asaji Fields

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 6 Asaji Fields, 01/09/1886
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 9 in. (330.2 mm x 228.6 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.29

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Asajigahara

Back to back print with 93.6.28. No. 6. Title can be read as "Azumae chuya kurabe," however, treat this as one of the "Azumanishiki chuya kurabe" series.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
A young husband goes off to sell silk that his wife has woven, but is unable to return home for many years because of warfare. When he does get back, his village is in ruins, but his youthful beautiful wife greets him outside their door. Only the next morning when she is gone does he realize she was a ghost. This old story was retold by Ueda Akinari (1734-1809) in his collection of stories Ugetsu monogatari.

Inset: Villagers offering prayers to a statue of Kannon, Bodhisattva of Compassion.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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