Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Oiso no Tora, No. 39
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.
Oiso no Tora, No. 39 - Moving illustration of the courtesan Oiso no Tora in mourning after the death of her lover, Soga Juro Sukenari. The Soga Brothers sought to avenge the death of their father, who was killed by Kudo Suketsune. However, Juro was killed during the attack on Suketsune. Heartbroken and distraught, Oiso no Tora wandered the countryside praying for Juro's soul. Here, she collapses weeping on the ground, her young attendant sheltering her from the rain with a hat. Mt Fuji is wreathed by clouds in the distance. The upper section depicts a scene from the final fight of the Soga Brothers. Lovely detail in this poignant image, including embossing on the white kimono.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13" x 9"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight soiling, a couple spots and marks. Please see photos for details.