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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 44 Cat Monster of Saga, 10/20/1886
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 9 1/8 in. (331.79 mm x 231.78 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.51

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Saga no kaimyo

No. 44. Back to back print with 93.6.50.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The Nabeshima family, daimyo of Hizen Province, continued to be plagued by a cat monster (see 2005.1.24 and 2005.1.20). According to legend, the mistress of the Lord of Saga Castle was killed by a cat monster that possessed her body and then slowly drained the Lord of his strength each night. A retainer named Ito Soda offered to guard his master, and stabbed his thigh with a knife so that he wouldn't fall asleep under the spell of the cat monster.

Inset: Nabeshima outside a Shinto shrine gate (torii).

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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