Washing the Statue of the Baby Buddha, 1896
Ink on Paper
14 in. x 28 1/8 in. (35.5 cm x 71.5 cm)
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
Signed yoshu Chikanobu.
Colored ink woodblock triptych on off-white paper (three oban tate-e).
Meiji period color woodblock triptych. Ladies in the Chiyoda Palace are enjoying a picnic and worshipping a statue of the Buddha.
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