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Sagami , Flowers of Yokoyama, Princess Terute and Oguri Hangan

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Sagami , Flowers of Yokoyama, Princess Terute and Oguri Hangan, 1885
Ink on Paper
12 11/16 in. x 8 5/16 in. (322.26 mm x 211.14 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.52

Alternate Title: Setsu gekka: Sagami, Yokoyama no hana, Terute-hime, Oguri Hangan
Full Title: Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 48 Sagami , Flowers of Yokoyama, Princess Terute and Oguri Hangan

Back to back print with 93.6.53. No. 48.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The 17th century play Toryu Oguri Hangan, originally by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, has taken many forms over the centuries with complex story lines added, but a popular scene is when Oguri Hangan, searching for stolen family treasures in Yokoyama, finds his beloved fiancee Princess Terute, who had been abducted, lost at sea, rescued and now worked as a maid in the house of a wealthy rice merchant. The moment of reunion is shown in this print. When the merchant's daughter (who also loves Hangan) tries to kill Terute, the merchant's wife kills her daughter, who then becomes a demon that attacks and disfigures Hangan. Terute then takes her lover to the healing waterfalls of Nachi, where he recovers.

Inset: Nachi Waterfalls.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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