Chikanobu, Tokugawa Ladies, Musical Instruments

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Chikanobu Toyohara (1838-1912)
Title: Tokugawa Ladies with Musical Instruments
Publisher: Hasegawa Tsunejiro
Date: 1895
Condition report: Light creases, minor spots.
Size: (L) 37.0 x 25.0, (C) 37.0 x 25.0, (R) 37.0 x 26.0 cm


In triptychs depicting Court Ladies, Chikanobu focuses on the day to day activities of the women who resided in the secluded palace. As a ‘beauty’ series, the focus is on the women and their clothes, with detailed patterned kimonos being a prominent feature of many of the prints. The ladies of the palace are depicted in a wide range of situations and activities, from writing poetry, to watching the cherry blossom, even to combat training, as it was required for the ladies of a castle to be able to defend their home as a last resort. 


Three ladies spend their leisure moments enjoying music. They are dressed in patterned, colourful kimono, holding instruments such as a flute, a biwa - a pear-shaped lute and a shō - a free-reed mouth organ.
The beauties are placed in front of a masterfully painted folding screen, with a symbol of mitsudomoe, a visual representation of the cycle of life in Buddhism. 

More Information
Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Chikanobu Yoshu
Title Tokugawa Ladies with Musical Instruments
Subject Beauty & Female, Kimono Design, Flowers & Botanical
Dimensions (L) 37.0 x 25.0, (C) 37.0 x 25.0, (R) 37.0 x 26.0 cm