Chikanobu Yoshu, Fortune Bean Throwing Festival, Setsubun

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838-1912)
Title: Fortune Bean Throwing Festival
Series: The Chiyoda Inner Palace
Publisher: Fukuda Hatsujiro
Date: 1896
Dimensions: (L) 23.5 x 35.4 (M) 23.7 x 35.3 (R) 23.5 x 35.4 cm
Condition: Trimmed. Backed.

This series published around 1890 depicted the life of the court ladies living in the women’s quarters of the shogun’s palace called ‘ooku’ before the Meiji restoration. The palace was also known as Edo castle and contained many luxurious buildings, gardens and gates.

The women lived leisurely lives representing the height of elegance and beauty evident in their finely detailed and brightly coloured kimono and youthful faces. The court ladies fashions varied throughout the ages and consisted of wearing white make-up and styling her hair. These ladies-in-waiting were expected to be well educated in traditional arts and carry out refined activities such as writing poetry, tea ceremony and attending theatre plays.

Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. On this day, a special ritual called mamemaki is performed, when roasted soybeans are thrown out the door for good luck.

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Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Chikanobu Yoshu
Title Fortune Bean Throwing Festival
Subject Beauty & Female, Male & Female
Dimensions (L) 23.5 x 35.4 (M) 23.7 x 35.3 (R) 23.5 x 35.4 cm
Condition Report Trimmed. Backed.