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Eastern Brocades: No. 28 Kaniman-ji

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 28 Kaniman-ji, 04/01/1886
Ink on Paper
13 1/8 in. x 9 1/16 in. (333.38 mm x 230.19 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.85

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Kaniman-ji

Back to back print with 93.6.84. No. 28.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
According the Konjaku monogatari, a devout young woman valued all sentient beings, and bought some live crabs at a market to set them free. Later when her father saw a snake about to eat a frog, he asked the snake to give up his meal in return for marriage to his daughter. That evening a man arrived to marry the girl, but she refused and prayed for help, reciting the sutra to Kannon; the man turned into a snake, but many crabs came to kill the snake and rescue the girl.

Inset: The father sees a snake about to eat a frog.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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