Chikanobu Yoshu, Chiyoda Palace, Mountain Village Teahouse
Original Japanese woodblock print.
Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838-1912)
Title: Mountain Village Teahouse
Series: The Inner Palace of Chiyoda
Publisher: Fukuda Hatsujiro
Size: (L) 37.0 x 25.1, (C) 37.1 x 25.1, (R) 37.0 x 25.1 cm
Condition report: Some stains, slightly worn-out edges. Very light creases.
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.
As the noble ladies were not allowed to leave the inner compound of the castle, a garden area designed to resemble various places was created for them.
Here, in a quiet mountainous countryside region, women are amused by a rooster fight. Their exquisitely detailed kimono creates a strong contrast with the simple village landscape. In the background, the thatched-roof teahouse is situated near a plank bridge. The specifically designed garden is an area where the wealthy can experience the modest pleasures of peasant life.
|Artist Name||Chikanobu Yoshu|
|Title||Mountain Village Teahouse|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Landscapes, Kimono Design|
|Dimensions||(L) 37.0 x 25.1, (C) 37.1 x 25.1, (R) 37.0 x 25.1 cm|
|Series||Court Ladies of the Chiyoda Palace|
|Publisher||Fukuda Kumajiro, Hatsujiro|