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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 9 Minamoto Hachiman Taro Yoshiie, 10/20/1886
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 8 13/16 in. (33.02 cm x 22.38 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.14


Commentary
Back to back print with 93.6.15. No. 9.

Marks
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Medium
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The famous warrior Minamoto no Yoshiie (1041-1108) was sent to the north of Japan to regain control for the imperial court of lands taken by the Abe clan. While negotiating with Abe no Muneto one rainy evening, the house was attacked, but the rebels were driven off by the dogs and arrows. Yoshiie attributed this escape to the aid of the war deity Hachiman.

Inset: Yoshiie outside the gated compound.

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

Publisher
Kobayashi Testujiro

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