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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 22 Sato Tadanobu, 10/20/1886
Ink on Paper
12 15/16 in. x 8 3/4 in. (328.61 mm x 222.25 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.2

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Sato Tadanobu

No. 22. Back to back print with 93.6.3.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The warrior Sato Tadanobu (1161-1186) helped Minamoto Yoshitsune escape from the snowy mountains of Yoshino by donning his friend's armor and fighting off soldier-monks intent on capturing Yoshitsune. Later Tadanobu secretly returned to Kyoto and stopped at the brothel where his beloved Okuruma was employed. However, after he fell asleep, she decided to betray him, and went to tell authorities (shown here). Tadanobu was able to escape that night, using a chess (go) board as his weapon, but the next day after a fierce fight, he committed suicide.

Inset: Tadanobu doing battle at a Yoshino temple.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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