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Eastern Brocades: No. 49 Sakanoue no Tamuramaro

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 49 Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, 10/20/1886
Ink on Paper
12 15/16 in. x 8 15/16 in. (328.61 mm x 227.01 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.104

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Sakanoue no Tamuramaro

No. 49. Back to back print with 93.6.105.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The warrior Sakanoue no Tamuramaro (758-811) gained fame for his conquests of the Ainu (Emishi) peoples in the northern part of the main island of Honshu. He was also asked to put down rebels and bandits lurking in the Omi area near the capital, which reportedly he did with the aid of Kanzeon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, who sent a rain of arrows.

Inset: Battling the Omi rebels.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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