Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Meiji Emperor and Empress and Government Officials, 1886
Comments - Intriguing portrait of the Meiji Emperor and Empress surrounded by a group of government officials and dignitaries, and several palace ladies-in-waiting. The rulers are shown at top center sitting in ornately carved chairs, the emperor in a military uniform and the empress wearing an unusual headdress. Two of the men are traditionally dressed in formal robes and court caps, while the rest wear uniforms decorated with sashes and medals. At lower left, a kneeling beauty holds a tray of sweets, while another in the center holds a poem slip on a lacquer tray. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the black uniforms, a burnished pattern on the black court robe in the center, and embossing on the white kimono trim.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 27 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small loss at edge, a few small holes and thinning spots, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few marks on faces and creases, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.