Parody of the 12 Zodiac Animals: Boar, Shitaya Marishiten, 10/01/1893
Ink on Paper
9 1/16 in. x 13 3/4 in. (23 cm x 35 cm)
Currently bound together with other 11 prints in the series in folding album.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu” with Enko/ Nobuoki
Colored ink on paper, sheets assembled in folding album format, red silk on the covers, woodblock prints.
The esoteric Buddhist deity Marishiten is of Indian origin, the daughter of Brahma (J: Bonten) and associated with rays of the sun. Images of Marishi have multiple arms and faces and are shown riding a wild boar, hence the association with this zodiac animal. The goddess was popular with both samurai and merchants as a protector. Here one woman offers prayers while another holds incense sticks.
In the inset a boy in a black school uniform at left and a man in a top hat at right give a modern sense to this street scene with traditional vendors and entertainers in the Shitaya area downhill from Ueno.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue
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