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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Chiyoda Inner Palace: Washing fruits, 1895-1896
Ink on Paper
13 7/8 in. x 28 1/16 in. (35.3 cm x 71.3 cm)

Object Type: print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2003.1.7

Alternate Title: Chiyoda o-oku

Yoshu Chikanobu's "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series of woodblock printed triptychs was first published from 1895-1897. It depicts the lives of women in Edo Castle before the Meiji Restoration in 1868, when the palace was home to the shogun and his court. Edo Castle was also known as Chiyoda Castle, and the Inner Palace area housed the shogun's wife and unmarried daughters, his male heir, and many ladies-in-waiting and servants. After 1868, the shogun's family were forced out of the palace and it became the Imperial Palace. This series of 40 scenes illustrate seasonal activities, ceremonies, rituals, and pastimes both inside and outside of the women's private quarters.

Meher McArthur, Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Curator of Academic Programs and Collections

Signed in the center right, along with a fish-shaped seal. Cartouche in the upper right. Oval and fish-shaped seals in the lower left.

Colored ink woodblock print on paper; triptych.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock triptych print of a group of women putting unknown objects into boxes (one woman in each panel). Part of a series of 40 scenes inside the women's quarters of the shogun's palace in Edo.

Fukuda Hatsujiro, at Nihonbashi, Tokyo.

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