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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Parody of the 12 Zodiac Animals: Dog, Kanda Myojin Shrine First Visit, 9th day 1893, no month indicated
Ink on Paper
9 1/16 in. x 13 3/4 in. (23 cm x 35 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2005.1.54


Commentary
Currently bound together with other 11 prints in the series in folding album.

Marks
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu” with Enkyo

Medium
Colored ink on paper, sheets assembled in folding album format, red silk on the covers, woodblock prints.

Object Description
A family returns from the Shinto shrine of Kanda Myojin where they have received blessings for their children, including the baby wrapped in a purple cloak decorated with auspicious symbols. The young boy carries a packet of "1000 year candy" (chitose ame), which are long sticks of sweet rice candy thought to bring long life. Behind him the father has a load of inu hariko, brightly painted papier mache dogs that are supposed to protect children from harm.

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

Publisher
Morimoto Junzaburo

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