Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Hunting at Koganegahara, 1897
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.
Hunting at Koganegahara, 1897 - Terrific Chikanobu triptych by of an Edo era hunt scene at Koganegahara (Kogane Plain) with four mounted riders hunting wild boar and deer while rabbits and foxes run about. This type of hunting was reserved for members of the upper class and these important feudal lords are enjoying a typical hunt outing. The nobleman at left has just fired an arrow into a spotted deer, which tumbles to the ground. The warrior at right takes aim at a boar as it runs past. Beautiful composition with touches of burnishing in the black lacquer saddles and sword cases.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 3/8
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Large tear and small loss at edge, repaired. A few creases and small marks, curling. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.