Parody of the 12 Zodiac Animals: Ox, Mukojima Ushijima Shrine, 03/1894, no day indicated
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 Nobuhiro
Colored ink on paper, sheets assembled in folding album format, red silk on the covers, woodblock prints.
Two women have been enjoying the cherry blossoms, for which Mukojima was famous, and one lady now rests on a red felt covered seat. The Meiji author Nagai Kafu thought highly of the area: "They who make the count of famous places of Tokyo cannot but put a pair of scenic spots, Ueno and Mukojima, at the head of their lists." The inset depicts the Hirajima Shinto shrine building at right with an enormous bronze lantern, and a statue of an ox at left with various ribbons and prayer plaques around its neck. The Mukojima area had many temples and shrines; this one might be dedicated to Kitano Tenjin, whose vehicle is an ox.
For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.
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