Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Muronotsu Courtesan, No. 8
Series; Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared
Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared - Designed in 1886, Chikanobu's extraordinary "Eastern Brocade" series features a fantastic range of subjects, including brave warriors, eerie ghosts, timeless beauties, and famous figures from traditional tales of triumph and treachery. These beautiful images bring the history and legends of Japan to life with colorful characters and a wonderful attention to detail. Note the appealing compositions and fine printing in these Meiji era masterworks, many of which include deluxe treatments such as burnishing, embossing, or the addition of mica. These attractive designs are a nice choice to collect or display.
Muronotsu Courtesan, No. 8 - Lovely Chikanobu design of an elegant courtesan and her two small attendants in a boat off Awaji Island's Muronotsu Beach. One of the girls holds a rust colored umbrella over her, trimmed with a veil and tassels, and she holds a hand drum on her knee. A pleasure boat can be seen on the water, with a full moon over head. The inset shows Minamoto no Yoshihira at Nunobiki Waterfall, with streaks of lightning flashing around him. Captured by the Taira, he was executed at the waterfall and his body sprang into the air and became a raging thunder god, striking down his executioner with a bolt of lightning. Lovely detail and color in this attractive print, with fine shading and a dusting of mica in the night sky.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 1/4" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. A few stains at edge. Please see photos for details.