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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Hizen, Flowers of Saga, Cat Monster of the Inner Garden, 08/02/1884
Ink on Paper
12 13/16 in. x 8 1/2 in. (325.44 mm x 215.9 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.70

Alternate Title: Setsugekka: Hizen, Saga hana, okuniwa kaibyo
Full Title: Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 15 Hizen, Flowers of Saga, Cat Monster of the Inner Garden

Back to back print. No. 15.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
In a variation on the "Cat Monster of Saga" story, (see also 2005.1.24 and 2005.1.20), the mother of Ryuzoji Matahichiro appears to be threatened by Nabeshima Naoshige (1538-1618), who took control of Saga Castle and its domain from the Ryuzoji family.

Inset: Tama, the Ryuzoji cat, became a monster to avenge the family's misfortunes.

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

Kobayashi Tetsujiro

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