Comments - Lovely image from the story of Kogo no Tsubone, a beautiful koto player in the court of Emperor Takakura. After the emperor became infatuated with her, she fled the court to escape the wrath of the empress's father. The search for her was unsuccessful until a court accompanist found her hiding in a country house in Saga. Here, the accompanist sits astride his dappled horse playing the flute as the beauty plays the koto inside the rustic home at right. A young page carrying the accompanist's sword waits patiently at left, standing beside a flowing stream. Autumn grasses blow in the breeze, and a full moon hangs low above the mountains at left. Beautifully detailed with burnishing in the black court cap and stirrup, and embossing on Lady Kogo's white kimono. A handsome design from this famous tale.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds. Wrinkling throughout. Please see photos for details.
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