Comments - Beautiful illustration from a famous tale about the Emperor Murakami's plum tree. After an ancient plum tree in the Imperial garden died, court attendants sought a replacement. They found one in the garden of the 10th century poet Ki no Tsurayuki's family home near Kyoto. The poet's daughter she graciously honored their request to take it away, but before they did, she hung a poem from a branch asking what she should tell the warbler when it returned looking for its home. The Emperor was so moved by her verse that he returned the tree. Here the young woman sits at a spinning wheel as a farmwoman and her son anxiously relay the news of emperor's servants arriving at the home. The courtiers walk up the road, approaching a plank bridge over a small flowing stream. The magnificent blossoming plum tree fills the yard, covered with delicate pink and white flowers and buds. A lovely scene with wonderful detail in the attractive setting. Includes lacquer on the black obi, collar, and court caps.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Paper remnants on reverse at corners from previous mounting. Horizontal centerfold. A few repairs, creasing. Please see photos for details.