Series; Women's Activities of the Tokugawa Era
Hosho Noh Performance in 1848 - Fantastic, complete six-panel print depicting the Kanjin Noh theater performance held by the head of the Hosho School of Noh in 1848. The performance took place at a special theater built near the Kanda River, north of Edo Castle. In the foreground at right, two elegantly dressed upper-class beauties are shown in conversation, one carrying an ornate lacquer container. At left, a beauty carries a kettle of sake to a woman seated on a cushion next to a brazier. Each of the women wears a beautifully patterned kimono. In the background, actors perform on the stage and viewers are seated in stalls on the ground. A striking composition with wonderful color and detail, including burnishing and fine line work in the beauties' hair, and embossing in the white kimono collars and trim. This is the first A rare and beautiful Chikanobu design and a terrific record of this last large Kanjin Noh performance of the Edo era.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 56"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Six attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds between panels. Slight separation along one fold, repaired. A couple creases at edges, small stain. Please see photos for details.