Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sixth Month: Sanno Festival
Twelve Months of Customs and Manners in Edo
Sixth Month: Sanno Festival - Fantastic triptych depicting the Sanno Festival parade making its way along a street lined with shops. The festival celebrated the Mountain Deity (Sanno) of Hie Shrine, the protector of Edo Castle. The large float in the foreground is topped with a monkey figure clothed in elegant robes, followed by a group of performers dressed in exotic Korean costumes. Behind them appears one of the highlights of the procession, a huge elephant made of cloth over a wooden frame, moved by men walking inside the animal's legs. At right a group of beauties watches the activity from the upper story of a mansion, chatting and enjoying refreshments. A lively and colorful scene with attractive detail and soft shading in the sky. This image appears on page 136 of Bruce A. Coats's book "Chikanobu: Images of Modernity and Nostalgia." A great design from this series celebrating annual events in Edo.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 27 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Small losses at edges, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, slight creasing at edges, stains. Please see photos for details.