Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
New Year's Visit to Chiyoda Palace, 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.
New Year's Visit to Chiyoda Palace, 1897 - Handsome scene of daimyo arriving at Chiyoda Palace to offer New Year's greetings to the Shogun. Dressed in formal court robes and black caps, two men enter the palace at right, their sword bearers kneeling just outside the doorway with a servant holding a pair of sandals. The men patiently wait their turn to visit the Shogun, quietly conversing in the castle courtyard. A traditional pine and bamboo New Year's decoration flanks the large entrance gate. An attractive and rarely seen design from the series.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Slight toning and soiling, a couple small spots. Light vertical lines at side of two panels from backing paper. Please see photos for details.