Parody of the 12 Zodiac Animals: Tiger, Kagurazaka Bishamon, 08/08/1893
Ink on Paper
9 1/16 in. x 13 3/4 in. (23 cm x 35 cm)
Currently bound together with other 11 prints in the series in folding album.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu” with Nobuyasu jo
Colored ink on paper, sheets assembled in folding album format, red silk on the covers, woodblock prints.
A boy is dressed like the Buddhist Guardian King Bishamonten, holding a trident and wooden pagoda (that represents the relics of the historical Buddha). The boy's mother holds a calico cat (a "tiger" symbol) while the family servant giggles and points at her young master.
The inset shows a temple hall dedicated to Bishamonten, whose name appears on the red paper lantern inside the door. The gateway has modern wrought iron panels affixed to a traditional stone gatepost, and a rickshaw is being pulled down the street - all indications of the modern Meiji era. However, the stores seem to be traditional buildings, and the merchants have contributed the red paper lanterns that flank the gate, reading "mid-merchants" (shonai chu) association.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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