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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 5 Princess Osakabe, 04/01/1886
Ink on Paper
13 1/8 in. x 9 3/16 in. (333.38 mm x 233.36 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.110

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Osakabe-hime

No. 5. Back to back print with 93.6.109.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The newly built Himeji Castle was believed, in the early 17th century, to be haunted by the Shinto spirit Osakabe Myojin. The famous warrior Miyamoto Musashi (1584?-1645) was summoned to exorcise the spirit, and he is shown here confronting Princess Osakabe and her attendants. He defeats her in battle, but then the ghost of Toyotomi Hideyori (1536-1598) appears and must also be subdued.

Inset: Miyamoto Musashi battling Sasaki Kojiro.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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