Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Imperial Minister Kibi, No. 38
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.
Imperial Minister Kibi, No. 38 - Sent to study in China in the 717, Kibi no Makibi became imperial advisor to Empress Koken after his return many years later. He introduced many Chinese customs and arts to the Japanese court. Here, he watches over two women embroidering a beautiful design. The inset above shows him watching the moon rise in the east, something that always made him homesick while in China. Lovely detail in the elegant fabrics, and fine expressive faces. A charming print.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 1/8" x 8 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Vertical fold at side. A few small holes, repaired. Toning, slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.