Eastern Brocades: No. 7 Gio and Gijo
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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)
No. 7. Back to back print with 93.6.48.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.
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.
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