Chiyoda Outer Palace - Following his successful "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series, Chikanobu designed a second triptych series first published in 1897 illustrating the "Chiyoda Outer Palace" (Chiyoda no on-omote), the domain of the shogun and his retainers at Edo Castle, also known as Chiyoda Castle. The men are depicted taking part in sporting and hunting activities, martial arts, annual ceremonies, and traditional rituals. The Outer Palace series was smaller than the Inner Palace series, with 32 triptychs instead of 40, and these designs are seen much less often. Chikanobu's characteristic attention to detail highlights the clothing and accessories worn by the samurai, as well as the indoor and outdoor settings. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such and embossing and burnishing. The handsome "Chiyoda Outer Palace" series provides a wonderful look at life inside the Shogun's castle prior to the Meiji Restoration.
Viewing Noh and Umbrella Giveaway Ceremony, 1897 - Amusing scene of townspeople on their way to view a Noh performance for the coronation ceremony. As part of the festivities, the shogun gave away free umbrellas to the people. Chaos ensues as merchants struggle over the pile of umbrellas while the shogun's retainers hand them out. A border of yellow-edged clouds separates the figures in the foreground from a view of the palace above. At upper left, the Noh play features performers on stage as the characters Jo and Uba in a drama about the spirits of the twinned pine trees of Takasago and Sumiyoshi. At lower left, a shachihoko, a traditional roof ornament with the head of a tiger and the body of a carp, tops the tiled roof. Nice detail in the architectural elements and burnishing on the scabbards.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 28"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Some prints have a few spots or marks. Please see photos for details. Generally in nice condition overall.