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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Yamashiro, Moon after Rain over an Old Temple, Mitsu-uji and Tasogare, c. 1885
Ink on Paper
12 3/4 in. x 8 1/4 in. (323.85 mm x 209.55 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.115

Full Title: Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 46 Yamashiro, Moon after Rain over an Old Temple, Mitsu-uji and Tasogare

No. 46. Back to back print with 93.6.116.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The 11th century Tale of Genji was parodied by Ryutei Tanehiko (1783-1842) in his serial novel False Murasaki, Rustic Genji (Nise Murasaki, Inaka Genji) with Mitsu-uji substituted for Prince Genji and all the other characters slightly changed. Here Mitsu-uji has escaped to an old temple where he can woo his beloved Tasogare by moonlight. Her mother tracks them down, though, intending to frighten them by pretending to be a demon. Mitsu-uji wears a kimono with a Genji pattern (Genji mon) that alludes to Chapter 4 of the original text, when Genji takes Yugao to his country estate, where she is frightened to death by a spirit.

Inset: Tasagare's mother Shinonome, with a demon mask in her teeth.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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