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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Princess Chujo (753-781), the Daughter of Fujiwara Toyonari, Drawing a Thread..., 1887
Ink on Paper
13 in. x 8 7/8 in. (330.2 mm x 225.43 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.107

Alternate Title: Kokoku nijushiko: Taimander no Chujo hime
Full Title: Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan: Princess Chujo (753-781), the Daughter of Fujiwara Toyonari, Drawing a Thread from a Lotus Stalk to Wave a Mandala to Appease the Spirit of her Wicked Stepmother

Back to back print with 93.6.108. No. 18.

Japanese text printed in the upper part of the image. Title on mat, in pencil. Text: Ryutei Tanehiko. Seal: Taiso. Signed: Taiso Yoshitoshi ga.

Colored ink woodblock on paper.

Object Description
Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a woman and a snake. Back to back print. The Princess Chujohime (753-781), daughter of the Minister of the Right Fujiwara Toyonari (704-765), is shown drawing a thread from the stem of a lotus plant. She will use this to weave a mandala for the Buddhist temple of Taimadera. This cosmic diagram was considered to have magical powers and was effective in calming the wrathful spirit of Chujohime's stepmother. Living at a time of political turmoil (her father was forced into exile), the Princess was considered a person of great virtue and courage and a model daughter for later generations to emulate.

Tsuda Genshichi.

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