Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Series; Eastern Customs: Enumerated Blessings
Eastern Customs: Enumerated Blessings - Attractive image from a Chikanobu series published from about 1887 to 1890. These charming scenes illustrate words that include the syllable fuku (or huku), which has many different meanings, but the primary meaning is blessing or good fortune. Women, children, and families are shown in daily life, playing games, enjoying different traditions, and celebrating festivals and events. Beautifully drawn with fine detail and vibrant color, these lovely Chikanobu designs offer a wonderful look at life in Japan during the Meiji era. A rarely seen series and a nice choice for a collector.
Lion Dancers - Terrific scene of two young lion dancers pausing before a performance. Dressed in identical colorful kimono tucked into plaid pants, the boy at right carries a folding fan while his companion kneels down to adjust his pants. Additional dancers can be seen at right wearing hats with large red peonies atop them. The Emperor's phoenix carriage moves through the street behind the performer, with the Imperial Palace rising above the trees beyond. Beautifully drawn with wonderful detail and lively color. A very attractive subject.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 9" x 13" plus margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with very thin paper. A few small holes, repaired from reverse, blends well. Light toning and soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.