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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Chiyoda Inner Palace: Composing in a poetry contest , 1895-1896
Ink on Paper
13 7/8 in. x 28 1/16 in. (35.3 cm x 71.3 cm)


Object Type: print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2003.1.14


Full Title: Chiyoda Inner Palace: Composing in a poetry contest (uta awase)

Commentary
Yoshu Chikanobu's "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series of woodblock printed triptychs was first published from 1895-1897. It depicts the lives of women in Edo Castle before the Meiji Restoration in 1868, when the palace was home to the shogun and his court. Edo Castle was also known as Chiyoda Castle, and the Inner Palace area housed the shogun's wife and unmarried daughters, his male heir, and many ladies-in-waiting and servants. After 1868, the shogun's family were forced out of the palace and it became the Imperial Palace. This series of 40 scenes illustrate seasonal activities, ceremonies, rituals, and pastimes both inside and outside of the women's private quarters.

Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections

Marks
Signed in the center right, with oval and fish-shaped seals in the center left. Cartouche in the upper right.

Medium
Colored ink woodblock print on paper; triptych.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock triptych print depicting seven women in a room, engaged in various activities. Part of a series of 40 scenes inside the women's quarters of the shogun's palace in Edo.

Publisher
Fukuda Hatsujiro, at Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

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