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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
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)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2004.1.48


Alternate Title: Setsugekka: Kyoto, Gosho tsuki, Sadaijin Yorinaga, Shobu no mae, Minamoto sammi Yorimasa
Full Title: Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 9 Kyoto, Moon over the Imperial Palace, Minister of the Left Yorinaga, Lady Shobu and Third Court Rank Minamoto no Yorimasa

Edition
Excellent impression and colors.

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

Medium
Colored ink and mica on paper (shomen-zuri); oban tate-e.

Object Description
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.

Provenance
Purchased by Bruce Coats from Artelino in Germany in October 2004, using Aoki funds.

Publisher
Kobayashi Tetsujiro

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