Original Chikayoshi (active circa 1867 - 1890) Japanese Woodblock Print
Emperor Watching a Dance Performance, 1880
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Emperor Watching a Dance Performance, 1880 - Handsome triptych of the Meiji Emperor and Empress and the ladies of the court watching Shirabyoshi dancers performing. The royal couple sits on an arched verandah built out over the water, looking down on the dancers and the musicians. The two dancers wear flowing robes and tall yellow court caps as they move about gracefully, swirling their fans. The musicians kneel in the center, playing drums, a flute, and a biwa or Japanese lute. Blossoming cherry trees and large Japanese flags frame the colorful scene. An interesting subject from courtly life during the Meiji era.
Artist - Chikayoshi (active circa 1867 - 1890)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight creasing, soiling, and rubbing. Please see photos for details.