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Eastern Brocades: No. 7 Gio and Gijo

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 7 Gio and Gijo, 10/20/1886
Ink on Paper
12 15/16 in. x 8 13/16 in. (328.61 mm x 223.84 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.49

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Gio, Gijo

No. 7. Back to back print with 93.6.48.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The sisters Gio and Gijo were popular dancers (shirabyoshi) in Kyoto, and Taira no Kiyomori (1118-1181) was particularly fond of Gio. However when a new dancer named Hotoke gozen attracted Kiyomori's attention, Gio was forced out and went into retirement becoming a nun with her sister and mother in a hermitage in Saga.

Inset: Hotoke gozen entertaining Tairo no Kiyomori and his friends.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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