Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Shrine Entrance Gate
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.
Shrine Entrance Gate - A beautiful Chikanobu triptych of a dignified procession of samurai passing through a large ornate temple entrance gate. Noblemen bow respectfully on either side of the entrance as men in formal court dress slowly file through. Beautiful architectural detail with burnishing in the black lacquer elements and a burnished scroll pattern in the black kimono. An outstanding Chikanobu design.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Slight separation at ends of vertical folds between panels, repaired. Slight toning, a few small marks. Please see photos for details.