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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Yamato, Snow at Yoshino, Lady Shizuka, Yoshitsune and Benkei, 08/02/1884
Ink on Paper
12 13/16 in. x 8 3/8 in. (32.54 cm x 21.27 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.89

Full Title: Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 4 Yamato, Snow at Yoshino, Lady Shizuka, Yoshitsune and Benkei

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
In the snowy mountains of Yoshino, the Genji warrior Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189) meets up with his beloved Lady Shizuka. Yoshitsune is on-the-run, moving from southern to northern Japan with his retainers, including the former monk Benkei, who holds a halberd.

Inset: Yoshitsune's armor, given to Sato Tadanobu when he agreed to protect Lady Shizuka.

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

by Kobayashi Tetsujiro

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