Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Seventh Month: Tanabata Festival at Sujikai Mitsuke Crossroads, 1889
Series; Twelve Months of Customs and Manners in Edo
Seventh Month: Tanabata Festival at Sujikai Mitsuke Crossroads, 1889 - Attractive Chikanobu design from his triptych series depicting the seasonal entertainments of upper-class ladies in Edo throughout the year. In this subject, women enjoy a walk during the Tanabata Festival at Sujikai Mitsuke Crossroads, banners flying high over the city in the background. At right, a young girl reaches forward eagerly for a bowl held out by a street vendor in a tie-dyed kimono. In the center, a young boy carrying a parcel wrapped in green cloth around his shoulders stops to wave at a small dog following along at his feet. Behind them, a nobleman's procession crosses the square. A charming design, beautifully detailed, including embossing on the white kimono trim.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small loss at corner, repaired. Slight toning, a few light creases at edges, a couple spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.