Parody of the 12 Zodiac Animals: Dragon, Fukagawa Hachiman Fuji, 1894, no day or month indicated
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 Nobufusa
Colored ink on paper, sheets assembled in folding album format, red silk on the covers, woodblock prints.
These two women are dressed in summer kimono with blue water patterns. The kneeling woman holds out an ornament with a straw dragon entwined around a pine branch, a symbol of the “sea god” (umi no kami) associated with the worship of the Shinto deity Hachiman. The standing woman holds a red fan with a white Mt. Fuji, probably a memento from their visit to the Tomigaoka Hachiman Shrine in Fukagawa where a miniature Mt. Fuji had been built in the garden. Several of these earth mounds were located in the outskirts of Edo/Tokyo and were popular places from which to view the real volcano in Suruga southwest of the city.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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