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Eastern Brocades: No. 15 Princess Shiragiku

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 15 Princess Shiragiku, 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: 93.6.39

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Shiragiku-hime

No. 15. Back to back print with 93.6.38.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Princess Shiragiku, the beautiful daughter of a government official from the Enshu (Totomi) area, was abducted by a rebel who had secretly developed a passion for her. With the help of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Shiragiku escaped into a lotus pond and was rescued.

Inset: Shiragiku-hime reunited with Uesugi Kagesada (died 1595).

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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