Chikanobu Yoshu, Toy, Flowers, High-ranking Ladies of the Tokugawa Era
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838-1912)
Title: Girl with Toy and Flying Birds
Series Title: High-ranking Ladies of the Tokugawa Era
Publisher: Hasegawa Tsunejiro
Date: Late 19th century
Dimensions: (L) 23 x 35.7 (C) 24.8 x 35.7 (R) 24.6 x 35.8 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.
This triptych shows high-ranking ladies, both children and adults, from the Edo period (c.1603-1868). Two of them carry toys, a doll and a pull-wagon with a carp on top, while another one reveals a bird that is housed in a cage likely made of bamboo. Blooming ornamental peonies are shown in the background.
|Artist Name||Chikanobu Yoshu|
|Title||Girl with Toy and Flying Birds|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Kimono Design, Flowers & Botanical|
|Dimensions||(L) 23 x 35.7 (C) 24.8 x 35.7 (R) 24.6 x 35.8 cm|
|Series||High-ranking Ladies of the Tokugawa Era|