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Eastern Brocades: No. 50 Prince Oto no miya Morinaga

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 50 Prince Oto no miya Morinaga, 04/1886, no day indicated
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 9 1/8 in. (331.79 mm x 231.78 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.114

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Oto no miya

Back to back print with 93.6.113. No. 50.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Oto no miya Morinaga (1308-1335) was the third son of Emperor GoDaigo (1288-1339) and closely involved with his father’s efforts to restore political power to the imperial family. However, when Ashikaga Takauji (1305-1358) decided to claim the position of shogun, Prince Morinaga was captured and put under house arrest in a cave near Kamakura. Ashikaga Tadayoshi (1306-1352) was put in charge of the prince, but when the local Hojo troops rebelled against the Ashikaga, Tadayoshi was forced to flee and beheaded Prince Morinaga rather than risk having him taken by the Hojo. Here the prince’s wife Minami no miya tries to stop the execution.

Inset: Prince Morinaga's head displayed on a spear.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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