Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
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.
Formal Greeting - A lovely original triptych by Chikanobu depicting two high ranking courtesans kneeling before a samurai lord, seated on a verandah with his retainers. The beauty in the center wears a magnificent red outer kimono patterned with a crane above crashing waves. her black obi features a fierce dragon. An incredible print, with very fine detail in the elegant fabrics, including delicate embossing on the white kimono trim. This print would make an excellent display.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Slight soiling at edges, a few small spots. Please see photos for details.