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Series: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai)
Restoration: 1868 -1912

Category: Women Samurai

Accession Number: DFJN2021PRWS0012

Title (Original): 讃岐、琴飛神社の月、白井姫、仏田No.22
Title: sanuki, koto to jinja no tsuki, shirai hime, hotoka no.22
Translated Title: Sanuki, Moon over Kotohiki Shrine, Princess Shiranui and Butoda No.22

Artist (Original):
Artist: Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Signature: Unknown
Seal: Unknown
Publisher (Original): 表記無し
Publisher: Unknown
Engraver: Unknown
Publication Date:  
 
Acquisition Date: 04 / 11 / 2021

Provenance: Fuji Arts Inc. Ann Arbor, MI,USA

Country of origin: Japan

Size: Vertical ōban. 13 ¾ x 9 ¼ (inches) 35 x 21.5cm


Condition: Excellent colour and detail. Backed with paper. Staining and toning at edges.

Lovely design of a beauty playing the koto on the verandah of the Hachiman Shrine at Kotohikiyama (Zither Strumming Hill). According to legend the Shinto diety Hachiman appears here in 703, accompanied by the music of a koto. The shrine overlooks a beautiful view of the bay below, a full moon shrouded by misty clouds overhead and a rugged pine tree framing the scene. The inset at upper left shows Princess Shiranui, the wife of  Manamoto no Tametomo, holding a sword, ready to attack and kill the warrior Butoda, who betrayed her husband.

An atmospheric scene with beautiful shading in the sky and water

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Condition: Excellent detail. Two attached panels, backed with paper. A few holes along and slight separation at ends of horizontal centrefold (repaired). A few creases.

Great kabuki scene from the tale of Omatsu, the female bandit of Kasamatsu Pass. She smiles as she looks over her shoulder at Natsume Shirozaburo, who cradles a baby to his chest. He waves a hand at her dismissively as he turns his head away, frowning angrily. The beauty wears a black kimono patterned with pine branches over a kimono that has red insets featuring skulls and bones, and a suit of armour. A burnished black lacquer makeup chest with a mirror top rests on the floor at left, while the alcove at upper right holds a flower arrangement and a hanging scroll of what might be Omatsu herself. From left, the actors are Bando Shuka I and Ichikawa Danjuro VIII. Nice expressive figures in a handsome detailed interior setting, with burnishing on the black lacquer chest and mirror.

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