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Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 20 Shimosa, Snow at Iwahashi, Kiuchi Sogoro

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 20 Shimosa, Snow at Iwahashi, Kiuchi Sogoro, December 1884
Ink on Paper
12 3/4 in. x 8 7/16 in. (323.85 mm x 214.31 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.64

Alternate Title: Setsugekka: Shimosa, Iwahashi yuki, Kiuchi Sogoro

Unnumbered. Back to back print with 93.6.65.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Kiuchi Sogoro, as mayor of Kozu-mura (present day Narita City), presented a petition in 1652 directly to the shogun Tokugawa Ietsuna asking tax relief for his farming village because of a bad harvest and harsh treatment by the local governor Hotta Masanobu. Sogoro knew such political action was illegal and that he would be executed. He tried to divorce his wife to save his family from harm, but she refused to separate, preferring to die with her dutiful husband. Here she is shown seeing off Sogoro into a snowy landscape. The story became a popular kabuki play in 1851, Sakura giminden.

Inset: Probably the cruel Hotta Masanobu.

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

Kobayashi Tetsujiro

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