Kyoto, Moon over the Imperial Palace, Minister of the Left Yorinaga, Lady Shobu and Third Court Rank Minamoto no Yorimasa, 08/02/1884
Ink on Paper
12 7/8 in. x 8 1/2 in. (32.7 cm x 21.59 cm)
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal
Colored ink and mica on paper (shomen-zuri); oban tate-e.
The poet and renown archer Minamoto no Yorimasa (1104-1180) was able to slay a mysterious beast (nue) that plagued the imperial palace, and received in gratitude from Emperor Konoe a sword, presented by the Minister of the Left Fujiwara no Yorinaga (1120-1156) while Lady Shobu looked on.
Inset: The nue with a monkey's head, tiger's body, and snake's tail.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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