Eastern Brocades: No. 16 Swimming at Okazaki
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Eastern Brocades: No. 16 Swimming at Okazaki, n.d.
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 9 1/16 in. (331.79 mm x 230.19 mm)
No. 16. Back to back print with 93.6.42. Note: Title can be read as "Azumae chuya kurade," however, treat this as one of the "Azumanishiki chuya kurabe" series.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.
Oai no kata was born in Okazaki and was both beautiful and strong, although of low social status. One day while swimming in a river, a young man tried to bother her, but she quickly defeated him. According to the cartouche, even the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu praised her courage.
Inset: Oai no kata wrestles down another assailant.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue
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