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Eastern Brocades: No. 16 Swimming at Okazaki

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
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)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.43

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Okazaki suiren

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.

Object Description
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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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