Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko
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.
Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko - Beautiful view of the sacred Shinkyo Bridge in Nikko with a procession of formally dressed men crossing the bridge towards the temple in the hills above. A striking design with the red bridge arching gracefully over the rushing river below. Visitors to Nikko will instantly recognize this scene - lovely.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Small tear at edge, repaired. A few creases, a couple small smudges, curling. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.