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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Eastern Brocades: No. 33 Nakamitsu’s Only Son Kojumaru is Substituted, 04/1886, no day indicated
Ink on Paper
13 1/16 in. x 8 15/16 in. (331.79 mm x 227.01 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Ballard
Accession Number: 93.6.73


Alternate Title: Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe: Nakamitsu no isshi Kojumaru migawari

Commentary
Back to back print with 93.6.72. No. 33.

Marks
Signed: “Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu” with red toshidama seal

Medium
Colored ink on paper; wood-block print.

Object Description
Minamoto no Mitsunaga sent his son Bijomaru to a temple to study and become a priest, but Bijomaru practiced martial arts instead. His father was angry and ordered his chief retainer Nakamitsu to kill Bijomaru. Nakamitsu could not bring himself to kill his master's son, and sacrificed his only child Kojumaru instead. Bijomaru later repented and became a noted priest, establishing a temple in honor of Kojumaru.

Inset: Bijomaru causing trouble with his swordplay.

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

Publisher
Kobayashi Testujiro

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