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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 25 Date Mansion, n.d.
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 9 3/16 in. (331.79 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: 93.6.53

Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Date goten

Back to back print with 93.6.52. No. 25.

Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
The kabuki play "The Precious Incense and Autumn Flowers of Sendai" (Meiboku Sendai hagi; see also 2003.1.52) is based on actual events in the northern city of Sendai where various assassination plots were uncovered to overthrow the Date family. Here the young Date heir is protected by his nursemaid during a scuffle in the Bamboo Chamber (Takenoma).

Inset: Arajishi Otokonosuke, a loyal retainer of the Date family, defending the mansion.

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

Kobayashi Testujiro

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