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Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan: Kibi Makibi (693-775), 1881
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 8 15/16 in. (331.79 mm x 227.01 mm)
No. 15. Back to back print with 93.6.2.
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”
Colored ink woodblock on paper.
Back to back print. Meiji period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a man sitting on a tiger-pelt covered red chair at a red desk, looking down at the desktop. The scholar Kibi no Mabi (693-775) was sent as an emissary to China by the Japanese emperor, but before he was allowed to present his diplomatic credentials, he had to pass several tests. The Chinese challenged him to a game of go, a board game he had never played before. Kibi successfully beat their leading players, and later, supposedly, he introduced go into Japan. Here Kibi sits at a Chinese-style desk carefully studying a document; he was celebrated for his vast knowledge of Chinese history and literature
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