Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Shogun Hearing a Lawsuit at Fukiage, 1889
Series; Flowers of Edo in Old Times
The Shogun Hearing a Lawsuit at Fukiage, 1889 - Beautiful Chikanobu triptych of two courtesans arriving at Fukiage Palace for a lawsuit to be heard before the Shogun. A row of nobleman sits along the open verandah, with additional retainers seated behind a fine bamboo blind, where the Shogun would be hidden from view. One beauty kneels respectfully on a straw mat, her elegant kimono spreading out around her. It features a handsome design of a lion above a waterfall bordered with colorful peonies. The courtesan behind her wears a striking kimono patterned with two roosters against a deep red ground, the white feathers delicately embossed and the long tails appearing almost three-dimensional. A striped tent wall screens the entrance from the fenced courtyard, and a tower rises above the horizon, framed by two large pine trees. A wonderful image with beautiful detail, including burnishing on the black kimono and embossing on the white kimono collars and lining.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds. Slight creasing and soiling. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.