Eastern Brocades: No. 32 Iga no Tsubone, n.d.
Ink on Paper
13 1/8 in. x 9 1/8 in. (333.38 mm x 231.78 mm)
Back to back print with 93.6.74. No. 32.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.
Lady Iga was in service to Emperor GoDaigo (1288-1339), who was exiled to the mountains of Yoshino where he established an alternative imperial court. His palace there was haunted by the ghost of Sasaki Kiyotada, who had been executed after poorly advising the emperor. Iga no tsubone courageously confronted the spirit, which then did not return.
Inset: Lady Iga shows great physical strength by felling a tree.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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