Chikanobu Yoshu, Calligraphy, Pictures of the Ladies Etiquette

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Chikanobu Toyohara (1838-1912)
Title: Calligraphy
Series: Pictures of the Ladies Etiquette
Publisher: Takekawa Unokichi
Date: 1891
Size: (L) 35.4 x 23.3, (C) 35.4 x 24.1, (R) 35.4 x 23.3 cm
Condition report: Slightly trimmed, minor stains and spots, vertical fold on the centre panel. Red pigment slightly smudged in some areas. 


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.


In this scene, a group of court ladies practices calligraphy. In the middle,
a smiling Buddhist monk with a prominent belly is skilfully depicted on a wide sheet of paper. It is one of the Chinese Seven Lucky Gods, Hotei, a god of fortune, happiness and guardian of children.


More Information
Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Chikanobu Yoshu
Title Calligraphy
Subject Beauty & Female, Kimono Design
Dimensions (L) 35.4 x 23.3, (C) 35.4 x 24.1, (R) 35.4 x 23.3 cm