Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Series; Chiyoda Outer Palace (Chiyoda no on-omote)
Chiyoda Outer Palace - Following his successful "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series, Chikanobu designed a second triptych series first published in 1897 illustrating the "Chiyoda Outer Palace" (Chiyoda no on-omote), the domain of the shogun and his retainers at Edo Castle, also known as Chiyoda Castle. The men are depicted taking part in sporting and hunting activities, martial arts, annual ceremonies, and traditional rituals. The Outer Palace series was smaller than the Inner Palace series, with 32 triptychs instead of 40, and these designs are seen much less often. Chikanobu's characteristic attention to detail highlights the clothing and accessories worn by the samurai, as well as the indoor and outdoor settings. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such and embossing and burnishing. The handsome "Chiyoda Outer Palace" series provides a wonderful look at life inside the Shogun's castle prior to the Meiji Restoration.
Festival Procession - Terrific view of a festival procession winding its way through the torii gate of a shrine. Two priests lead the way, following by two lion dancers in colorful costumes and musicians playing flutes. The procession continues with samurai carrying bows and a group of warriors in full armor. Striped banners flutter above tall poles, and several ornate festival floats can be seen in the distance. Pine trees frame the scene and misty clouds drift across the landscape. Wonderful color and detail in this handsome triptych. A great Chikanobu design.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Slight soiling, a few marks. Slight toning, a few small spots. Please see photos for details.