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