Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Poetry Contest, 1895
Series; Chiyoda Inner Palace (Chiyoda no Ooku)
Chiyoda Inner Palace - First published from 1894 - 1897, Chikanobu's "Chiyoda Inner Palace" (Chiyoda no Ooku) series depicts the lives of women in Edo Castle prior to the Meiji Restoration, when it was home to the shogun and his court. Edo Castle was also known as Chiyoda Castle, and the series includes 40 triptychs. The Inner Palace area housed the shogun's wife and unmarried daughters, his male heir, and many ladies-in-waiting and servants. These lovely triptychs illustrate seasonal activities both inside and outside of the women's private quarters, and a variety of ceremonies, rituals, and pastimes. The beauties are elegantly attired as they go about their daily lives, with wonderful attention and detail given to their sumptuous kimono and obi fabrics. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such as burnishing, embossing, and mica or metallic pigment. Chikanobu's lovely "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series beautifully captures the world of upper-class women in mid-nineteenth century Japan.
Poetry Contest, 1895 - Charming triptych of the women of the palace preparing for a poetry contest, some of them pausing with a brush in hand as they compose a verse. Low lacquer tables in front of each beauty hold poem slips, ink stones, and brushes, and an elegant lacquer shelf holds scrolls and a stack of books. A white-haired matron sits quietly at right with her hands folded in her lap. Wonderful detail in the elegant furnishings and kimono. Includes embossing on the elderly woman's white kimono and hair, and burnishing on the black robe, the black lacquer tables, and the frame of the screen at left. An attractive scene from upper-class life.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels. Slight toning, a few small spots. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.