Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Mirror of the Gods and Emperors of Japan, 1878
Comments - Fantastic scene of the Meiji Emperor and Empress surrounded by gods and goddesses and earlier emperors. The Emperor sits on an upholstered chair trimmed with fringe, his wife kneeling at his foot holding a poem slip. Above them, Kunitokotachi no Mikoto, a creator deity, is flanked by Injin and Yojin, two deities of Ise. At far right, Jimmu, the legendary first emperor of Japan, grips a bow with the Yata crow sitting atop it, rays of light radiating from the bird. The crow guided Jimmu in conquering the country and taking the throne. Fascinating detail in the image showing the heavenly lineage of the Japanese Emperor.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with thick paper. Slight soiling and curling. Please see photos for details.