Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sake Ceremony at the Shogun's Palace
Series; Chiyoda Outer Palace (Chiyoda no on-omote)
Chiyoda Outer Palace - Following his successful "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series, Chikanobu designed a second triptych series first published in 1897 illustrating the "Chiyoda Outer Palace" (Chiyoda no on-omote), the domain of the shogun and his retainers at Edo Castle, also known as Chiyoda Castle. The men are depicted taking part in sporting and hunting activities, martial arts, annual ceremonies, and traditional rituals. The Outer Palace series was smaller than the Inner Palace series, with 32 triptychs instead of 40, and these designs are seen much less often. Chikanobu's characteristic attention to detail highlights the clothing and accessories worn by the samurai, as well as the indoor and outdoor settings. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such and embossing and burnishing. The handsome "Chiyoda Outer Palace" series provides a wonderful look at life inside the Shogun's castle prior to the Meiji Restoration.
Sake Ceremony at the Shogun's Palace - Handsome triptych of a group of daimyo and retainers receiving cups of sake during a ceremony at the shogun's palace. Three men sit in the center next to trays piled high with shallow sake cups, offering cups and pouring sake from long-handled servers for the lords who kneel respectfully before them with outstretched arms. A row of samurai waits quietly for their turn, as those who have completed the ritual pass by a servant at far left to receive a new kimono on the way out. A terrific view of this solemn event, with fine detail in the intricate fabric patterns and touches of burnishing.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper.. Slight separation along vertical folds between panels, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.