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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Parody of the 12 Zodiac Animals: Horse, Oji Inari Shrine, 09/10/1893
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: 2005.1.50

Alternate Title: Mitate junishi: Uma, Oji Inari

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 Nobuyuki

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

Object Description
A mother carries her son on her back "horse riding" (uma nori), piggy back-style while her daughter entertains him with some hand puppets of a fox woman and samurai. The inset shows the Inari Shrine at Oji, one of the oldest Shinto sites in the downtown area of Edo/Tokyo. Ancient cypress trees line the roadway where "horse banners" (uma jirushi) display the name of "Inari Daimyojin," the deity who is associated with rice fields and protecting the harvest. At left is a statue of a fox, the messenger of the Inari deity.

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

Morimoto Junzaburo

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