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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Parody of the 12 Zodiac Animals: Rabbit, Kameido Myogi Shrine, 09/07/1893
Ink on Paper
9 1/16 in. x 13 3/4 in. (23 cm x 35 cm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2005.1.47

Alternate Title: Mitate junishi: Usagi: Kameido Myogisha

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

Excellent impression and colors, fine gradations, shomen-zuri pattern on the last sheet (2005.1.55). Most of the sheets in the album are the first edition printing.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu” with Nobuhiro

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

Object Description
The Shinto Shrine at Kameido is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, also known as Kitano Tenjin, who had a great love of plum blossoms, so the grounds are noted for their early spring flowers (a branch of which juts into the composition and extends beyond the pictorial margin). A mother and daughter turn to admire the white blossoms, warmly dressed in layered kimono. The girl carries a bundle of auspicious items hanging from a tree branch, called a "rabbit stick" (u zue). This was a good luck symbol, usually acquired on the "first day of the rabbit" (hatsu u no hi) in the new year and included fabric jewel balls, a raincoat (of invisibility), toy money and special "rice balls" (dango).

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

Morimoto Junzaburo

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