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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 17 Hitachi, Snow at Tsukuba, Princess Takiyasha, 12/10/1884
Ink on Paper
12 13/16 in. x 8 1/2 in. (325.44 mm x 215.9 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.91

Alternate Title: Setsugekka: Joshu, Tsukuba yuki, Takiyasha-hime

Back to back print with 93.6.90. No. 17.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Takiyasha, the third daughter of the rebel Taira no Masakado (died 940) is shown carrying a sword, bell and torchlight, as she prepares to destroy Oya no Taro Mitsukuni, who had been sent to inspect the ruins of Masakado fortress following its destruction in the Tengyo Revolt when Masakado had declared himself emperor of northern Japan. This story was popularized in 1836 by the kabuki play Shinobi yoru koi no kusemono, also titled Masakado.

Inset: Masakado standing before the giant toad, which is summoned up by Takiyashi in her battle with Mitsukuni.

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

Kobayashi Tetsujiro

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