C1884

Setsugekka: Yamato, Utabiko, Kasuga no mae, Chujohime. (Yamato, Utabiko, Lady Kasuga and Princess Chujo).

Artist:

Toyohara (Yoshu) Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Princess Chujo was asked to safeguard a statue of Kannon. Her wicked stepmother Iwane Gozen stole the image and then accused Chujo of losing it. Here Chujo is being attacked by Lady Kasuga, using a tobacco pipe, and another woman … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Setsugekka: Yamato, Utabiko, Kasuga no mae, Chujohime. (Yamato, Utabiko, Lady Kasuga and Princess Chujo).

Date:

C1884

Artist:

Toyohara (Yoshu) Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock
AUTHENTICITY
Setsugekka: Yamato, Utabiko, Kasuga no mae, Chujohime. (Yamato, Utabiko, Lady Kasuga and Princess Chujo). - Antique Print from 1884

Genuine antique
dated:

1884

Description:

Princess Chujo was asked to safeguard a statue of Kannon. Her wicked stepmother Iwane Gozen stole the image and then accused Chujo of losing it. Here Chujo is being attacked by Lady Kasuga, using a tobacco pipe, and another woman using bamboo, who succeed in driving the Princess out of the Palace and to take refuge at Mount Hibari. This yukizeme (snow torture scene) was in the Kabuki play ‘Hibariyama himesute matsu’. Inset Kannon, the Buddhist Bodhisattva of Compassion, is approaching a cloud.

From the series Setsugekka. ‘Snow, Moon, Flowers’

Biography:

Chikanobu (1838-1912)

Chikanobu was an important Meiji period nishiki-e artist (multi-coloured wood block printing) who documented Japan’s transition into the modern era, while nostalgically promoting traditional values and Japanese historical figures through his prints. Little is known of Chikanobu’s life as his personal effects were destroyed in the 1923 earthquake and later by the bombings of Tokyo in the 1940’s. His personal name was Hasimoto Naoyoshi the son of a Samurai. He became a pupil of Kuniyoshi in about 1852, then studied under Kunisada and later Kunichika in 1862.

In 1867 Chikanobu’s father retired unexpectedly, and as the only son, he inherited the responsibilities of Hashimoto family leadership which included becoming involved in military events. As a Samurai, he engaged in numerous battles in which he reportedly fought valiantly. In 1871 at the age of 33 Chikanobu re-entered his life as a Japanese woodblock artist and became an illustrator for a newspaper in Edo and later went on to become one of the most active and famous nishiki-e artists in Japan.

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