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Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 8 Yamato, Utabiko, Lady Kasuga and Princess Chujo

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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 8 Yamato, Utabiko, Lady Kasuga and Princess Chujo, 08/02/1884
Ink on Paper
12 13/16 in. x 8 7/16 in. (325.44 mm x 214.31 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.71


Commentary
Back to back print with 93.6.70. No. 8.

Marks
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Medium
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Princess Chujo was asked to safeguard a statue of Kannon. Her wicked stepmother Iwane gozen stole the image and then accused Chujo of losing it. Here Chujo is being attacked by Lady Kasuga, using a tobacco pipe, and another woman, who succeed in driving the Princess out of the palace to take refuge in Mt. Hibari. This "snow torture scene" (yukizeme) was a popular part of the kabuki play Hibariyama himesute matsu.

Inset: Kannon, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is approaching on a cloud.

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

Publisher
Kobayashi Tetsujiro

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