Eastern Brocades: No. 5 Princess Osakabe, 04/01/1886
Ink on Paper
13 1/8 in. x 9 3/16 in. (333.38 mm x 233.36 mm)
No. 5. Back to back print with 93.6.109.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.
The newly built Himeji Castle was believed, in the early 17th century, to be haunted by the Shinto spirit Osakabe Myojin. The famous warrior Miyamoto Musashi (1584?-1645) was summoned to exorcise the spirit, and he is shown here confronting Princess Osakabe and her attendants. He defeats her in battle, but then the ghost of Toyotomi Hideyori (1536-1598) appears and must also be subdued.
Inset: Miyamoto Musashi battling Sasaki Kojiro.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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