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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 45 Ghost of Taira no Tomomori, 10/20/1886
Ink on Paper
12 15/16 in. x 8 15/16 in. (328.61 mm x 227.01 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.37

Back to back print with 93.6.36.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Realizing the Taira forces would be defeated at the Battle of Dan-no-Ura, Tomomori (1152-1185), the Taira clan leader, grabbed an anchor and leapt into the sea. The three imperial symbols were also thrown into the water, to keep the Genji from capturing them, and at the bottom of the sea Tomomori is shown searching for the imperial regalia.

Inset: Tomomori looks out over the bay at Dan no Ura, where a sea battle will take place.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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