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Yoshu Chikanobu (aka Chikanobu), Japanese, (1838–1912)
Yashu, Snow at Sano, Saimyo-ji, Sano Genzaemon and His Wife Shirotae, 03/11/1885
Ink on Paper
12 13/16 in. x 8 5/16 in. (325.44 mm x 211.14 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.32


Alternate Title: Setsugekka: Yashu, Sano yuki, Saimyo-ji, Sano Genzaemon, Tsuma Shirotae
Full Title: Snow, Moon, Flowers: No. 32 Yashu, Snow at Sano, Saimyo-ji, Sano Genzaemon and His Wife Shirotae

Commentary
Back to back print with 93.6.33. No. 32.

Marks
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu”

Medium
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
In the dead of winter, a Buddhist priest showed up unexpectedly at the cottage of Sano Genzaemon Tsuneyo in Yashu (Shimotsuke Province, modern Tochigi Prefecture). The impoverished warrior offered what hospitality he could, although recently he had been cheated out of his lands. According to the noh and kabuki plays "The Potted Trees" (Hachi no ki), Tsuneyo even burned his precious miniature trees (bonsai) to heat food for the visitor, who was actually the retired regent Hojo Tokiyori (1226-1263) disguised as a monk named Saimyoji on a surreptitious inspection of the country.

Inset: Tsuneyo's stable and starving horse.

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

Publisher
Kobayashi Testujiro

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