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Eastern Brocades: No. 40 Lady Suo

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 40 Lady Suo, 10/20/1886
Ink on Paper
12 7/8 in. x 8 7/8 in. (327.03 mm x 225.43 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.81

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Suo no naishi

Back to back print with 93.6.80. No. 40.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The 11th century poet Suo no naishi, whose poem about "That spring night" (Haru no yo) is included among the famous "Collection of One Hundred Poets" (Hyakunin isshu), is shown encountering a Buddhist nun in the woods.

Inset: Lady Suo praying to Kannon, Bodhisattva of Compassion.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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