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Eastern Brocades: No. 41, Sanada Nobuyuki's Wife, Lady Osumi

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 41, Sanada Nobuyuki's Wife, Lady Osumi, 1886
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 8 13/16 in. (331.79 mm x 223.84 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.33

Alternate Title: Azumanishiki chuya kurabe: #41, Sanada Nobuyuki hitsu Osumi no kata

Back to back print with 93.6.32. No. 41.

Japanese text printed along the upper edge of the image. Title on the mat, in pencil.

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Osumi no kata was the daughter of the warrior Honda Tadakatsu (1548-1618), a close Tokugawa ally. She was married to Sanada Nobuyuki (1566-1658), who as a boy had been sent by his father to be a Tokugawa hostage. In 1600 Nobuyuki's father and younger brother had opposed Tokugawa forces at the time of the Battle of Sekigahara, and Osumi no kata was asked to deliver a secret message to secure alliances and get reinforcements to defend the barrier at Annaka.

Inset: Troops in the marshes at Annaka.

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

Kobayashi Tetsujiro.

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