Princess Osakabe, No. 5

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Princess Osakabe, No. 5 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Princess Osakabe, No. 5

Series; Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared

Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared - Designed in 1886, Chikanobu's extraordinary "Eastern Brocade" series features a fantastic range of subjects, including brave warriors, eerie ghosts, timeless beauties, and famous figures from traditional tales of triumph and treachery. These beautiful images bring the history and legends of Japan to life with colorful characters and a wonderful attention to detail. Note the appealing compositions and fine printing in these Meiji era masterworks, many of which include deluxe treatments such as burnishing, embossing, or the addition of mica. These attractive designs are a nice choice to collect or display.

Princess Osakabe, No. 5 - Fantastic scene of the famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi confronting the spirit of Princess Osakabe, who was said to haunt Himeji Castle after it was built in the 17th century. She stands on a low platform before him, her dark hair flowing loose around her face, wearing and elegant patterned robe. Her ghostly attendants gather behind her, silhouetted in gray. Miyamoto defeats her, but then must face the ghost of Toyotomi Hidetori. The inset above shows the famous duel between Miyamoto and Sasaki Kojiro along the shore of Ganryu Island. A terrific, eerie, atmospheric image from this wonderful series, with fine shading in the night sky and embossing on the white kimono collars.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 1/8" x 9 1/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. A couple small spots, light horizontal line where backing papers meet. Please see photos for details.

Princess Osakabe, No. 5 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Princess Osakabe, No. 5 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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