Chiyoda Inner Palace - First published from 1894 - 1897, Chikanobu's "Chiyoda Inner Palace" (Chiyoda no Ooku) series depicts the lives of women in Edo Castle prior to the Meiji Restoration, when it was home to the shogun and his court. Edo Castle was also known as Chiyoda Castle, and the series includes 40 triptychs. The Inner Palace area housed the shogun's wife and unmarried daughters, his male heir, and many ladies-in-waiting and servants. These lovely triptychs illustrate seasonal activities both inside and outside of the women's private quarters, and a variety of ceremonies, rituals, and pastimes. The beauties are elegantly attired as they go about their daily lives, with wonderful attention and detail given to their sumptuous kimono and obi fabrics. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such as burnishing, embossing, and mica or metallic pigment. Chikanobu's lovely "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series beautifully captures the world of upper-class women in mid-nineteenth century Japan.
Warding off Evil Spirits, 1896 - Interesting depiction of the custom of warding off evil spirits during the festival of Setsubun in February, which takes place just before the first day of spring. A man scatters roasted soybeans across the floor to chase away evil spirits and to welcome in good luck and prosperity for the New Year. Nice embossed detail on the women's kimono, with the red orange pigment of their robes oxidized to a darker tone. Includes burnishing on the black lacquer screen frame and the lamps.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 7/8"
Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper. A few small spots on background.
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