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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Chiyoda Outer Palace: Shogun’s Inspection of Ammunition Explosions Over Water, 3/1/1897
Ink on Paper
14 1/8 in. x 27 5/8 in. (35.88 cm x 70.17 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: 2004.1.45

Alternate Title: Chiyoda no on-omote: Roen joran
Full Title: Chiyoda Outer Palace: Shogun’s Inspection of Ammunition Explosions Over Water

Fine impressions with gauffrage and burnishing. Fine colors.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; oban triptych.

Object Description
From one of the gate towers of Edo Castle, the shogun and his advisers observe the testing of munitions in nearby Edo Bay. The circular inset shows the launch tower for the explosives, with a paper lantern bearing the inscription "Official Use" (Goyo). Chikanobu combines a rather realistic representation of the gunpowder smoke and rocket gases with highly stylized cloud forms that flow behind the enormous fish acroterians that decorated the roof ridges.

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

Purchased by Bruce Coats from Auction Ukiyo-e in London in November 2004, using Aoki funds.

Fukuda Hatsujiro

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