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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Parody of the 12 Zodiac Animals: Monkey, Minami Denmacho Parade Float, 08/20/1893
Ink on Paper
9 1/16 in. x 13 3/4 in. (23 cm x 35 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2005.1.52

Alternate Title: Mitate junishi: Saru, Minami Denmacho hanagaruma

Currently bound together with other 11 prints in the series in folding album.

Excellent impression and colors, fine gradations, shomen-zuri pattern on the last sheet (2005.1.55). Most of the sheets in the album are the first edition printing.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu” with Enkyo

Colored ink on paper, sheets assembled in folding album format, red silk on the covers, woodblock prints.

Object Description
Two young men dressed in festival costumes stand in the foreground. Behind them another fellow raises wooden clappers to make a loud noise. The inset shows a Hie Sanno Festival float topped by a statue of a monkey, the messenger of the Sanno / Mountain King when he communicates with this world. Biannually in July, the Sanno Festival procession wound its way through various neighborhoods around the Edo Castle, eventually appearing before the shogun and his entourage inside the moat. South Denmacho was a merchant area located northeast of the castle and sponsored one of the "flower cart" floats (hanagaruma) used in the Sanno parade. The festival banner at left is mounted next to a bridge.

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

Morimoto Junzaburo

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