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Eastern Brocades: No. 47 Sansho dayu

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 47 Sansho dayu, date obscured
Ink on Paper
12 7/8 in. x 8 13/16 in. (327.03 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: 93.6.35


Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Sansho dayu

Commentary
No. 47. Back to back print with 93.6.34.

Marks
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Medium
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Sansho Daiyu sold into slavery Yasu-hime and Zushiomaru, the daughter and son (shown here) of the provincial governor Iwaka Masauji, who had been overthrown and exiled. Iwaka’s loyal retainer Tatebe Kanamenosuke attempted to rescue the children, but was himself captured and sentenced to death, to be beheaded at dawn. Sansho’s daughter Osan turned into a fowl as the sun rose on the day of execution and chewed off the ropes of the prisoner. Sansho then realizes that Tatebe is his long lost son, and allows his son to kill him for all his evil deeds. Then, according to the 18th century kabuki play Yura no Minato Sengen Choja, Tatebe & Osan commit suicide.

Inset: Sansho Daiyu enraged.

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

Publisher
Kobayashi Testujiro

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