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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Chasing Bats, 1889-1890
Ink on Paper
14 in. x 9 1/4 in. (35.56 cm x 23.5 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchase by the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2004.1.29


Full Title: Eastern Customs, Enumerated Blessings: Chasing Bats

Marks
Cartouche printed in the upper right, text banner in the lower right.

Medium
Colored ink on paper.

Object Description
As three bats (komori) circle in the evening sky, two boys try to touch them with bamboo sticks while their mother and baby brother look on. Bats have long been a symbol of good luck in Northeast Asia because the words in Chinese for "bat" and for "good luck" are both pronounced fu. The boy in a blue yukata (cotton robe) has designs of the yin-yang on his garment, another auspicious symbol of diversity within unity. This delightful scene of childhood play captures the feel of a warm summer evening.

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

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