Princess Chujo (753-781), the Daughter of Fujiwara Toyonari, Drawing a Thread...
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Princess Chujo (753-781), the Daughter of Fujiwara Toyonari, Drawing a Thread..., 1887
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 8 7/8 in. (330.2 mm x 225.43 mm)
Back to back print with 93.6.108. No. 18.
Japanese text printed in the upper part of the image. Title on mat, in pencil. Text: Ryutei Tanehiko. Seal: Taiso. Signed: Taiso Yoshitoshi ga.
Colored ink woodblock on paper.
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a woman and a snake. Back to back print. The Princess Chujohime (753-781), daughter of the Minister of the Right Fujiwara Toyonari (704-765), is shown drawing a thread from the stem of a lotus plant. She will use this to weave a mandala for the Buddhist temple of Taimadera. This cosmic diagram was considered to have magical powers and was effective in calming the wrathful spirit of Chujohime's stepmother. Living at a time of political turmoil (her father was forced into exile), the Princess was considered a person of great virtue and courage and a model daughter for later generations to emulate.
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