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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 34 Watanabe no Tsuna, n.d.
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 9 1/16 in. (331.79 mm x 230.01 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.86

Back to back print with 93.6.87. No. 34. Title can be read as "Azumae chuya kurabe," however, treat this as one of the Azumanishiki chuya kurabe" series.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Watanabe no Tsuna (953-1025), one of Minamoto Yorimitsu's four lieutenants (see also 93.6.45), volunteered to investigate strange appearances at Rashomon, the great gateway to Kyoto. There he encountered a beautiful but mysterious woman, who later turned into a demon. Her supernatural qualities are suggested here by the strange positioning of her feet, because as an ogress she would fly, not walk.

Inset: Watanabe no Tsuna in battle as one of the the 'Four Heavenly Kings' (Shitenno).

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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