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
Courtier Fujiwara no Narimichi, No. 2 - Charming scene of the 12th century Fujiwara Clan nobleman Narimichi. Famed for his skills at kickball (kemari), he practiced daily under a tree that was home to three monkeys. After his 1000th game, the courtier gave the ball to a Shinto shrine. Afterwards, the three monkeys appeared with the ball, telling him they were guardians of the game and promising to help him improve his skills. Here, Narimichi kicks a ball high in the air, much to the delight of the young child and beauty watching him. The inset above shows the three guardian monkeys dressed in robes. A great image from this wonderful story, with terrific detail, including delicate embossing in the courtier's white collar.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13" x 8 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with thin paper. Bottom margin trimmed as shown. A couple losses and cracks in subject, repaired. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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