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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 12 Minamoto no Yorimitsu on Mt. Oe, n.d.
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 9 3/16 in. (331.79 mm x 233.36 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.45

Back to back print with 93.6.44. No. 12.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The heroic figure Minamoto no Yorimitsu (948-1021), together with his entourage called the "Four Heavenly Kings" (Shitenno), was asked to clear Mt. Oe of the demon Shuten Doji, who ate men and captured beautiful women to serve him. Here they encounter some of Shuten Doji's hostages as they wash the monster's linens in a mountain stream. The 14th century Yoshino Imperial Court lady-in-waiting / naishi Koto was noted for her musical ability as well as her beauty, and attracted the attention of Nitta Yoshisada (1301-1338), a warrior who supported the restoration of political powers to Emperor Go-Daigo.

Inset: Yorimitsu and the Shitenno attack the drunken Shuten Doji.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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