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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 31 Kusunoki Masatsura, 01/09/1886
Ink on Paper
13 1/8 in. x 9 3/16 in. (333.38 mm x 233.36 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.54

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: <no subtitle indicated>

Back to back print with 93.6.55. No. 31. Title can be read as "Azumae chuya kurabe," however, treat this as one of the "Azumanishiki chuya kurabe" series.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The warrior Kusunoki Masatsura (1326-1348) was the son of Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1336) and both were loyal defenders of the emperors of the Southern Court (see also 2004.1.30). As a boy Masatsuna defended his home from curious creatures and spirits, as shown here. Later when he was about to go to his certain death in the Battle of Shijo Nawate, he carved out a poem on the door of a temple in Yoshino, using his arrowhead.

Inset: Masatsura inspecting his death poem.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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