Owari, Moon over Mt. Miyaji, Prime Minister Moronaga and the Water Goddes
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Owari, Moon over Mt. Miyaji, Prime Minister Moronaga and the Water Goddes, December 1884
Ink on Paper
12 13/16 in. x 8 7/16 in. (325.44 mm x 214.31 mm)
Back to back print. Same image as #54 but worse condition, and no text on verso. No. 19.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal
Colored ink on thin paper; wood-block print.
Fujiwara no Moronaga (1137-1192) was famous as a lute (biwa) musician but unfortunately in his political career, he kept running afoul of Taira no Kiyomori, who first exiled him in 1165 to Kyushu for 8 years and then in 1179 to Owari Province east of Kyoto, where he often traveled to Mt. Miyaji. One autumn evening while playing his biwa, a Water Goddess (Suijin) appeared, enjoying the soft sad songs for which he was noted.
Inset: Dancer wearing a mask and mane.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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