Series; Chiyoda Outer Palace (Chiyoda no on-omote)
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.
Returning from Hunting at Koganegahara, 1897 - Handsome depiction of the shogun's hunting party returning from Koganegahara, four mounted riders among them. This type of hunting was reserved for members of the upper class and these important feudal lords are enjoying a typical hunt outing, their attendants carrying a boar and what might be a wolf or a fox tied to poles. The silhouette of Mt. Fuji rises in the distance. Nice composed, and detailed with delicate embossing on the white cloth banners and burnishing on the scabbards and the saddle of the first rider.
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.