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Eastern Brocades: No. 29 Lady Senju

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 29 Lady Senju, 06/1886, no day indicated
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 9 in. (330.2 mm x 228.6 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.76

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Senju no mae

No. 29. Back to back print with 93.6.77.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
According to the Heike monogatari Lady Senju, a personal attendant of Minamoto no Yoritomo (1147-1199) was asked by him to sing and dance for Taira no Shigehira (1156-1185), a captured enemy of the imperial family. Shigehira, in turn, played the biwa and sang about the regrets of a Chinese general on leaving his beloved consort. Later, when Shigehira was executed, Lady Senju became a nun.

Inset: Taira Shigehira surveying the Heike fleet before the battle of Muroyama.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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