The Ballad of Ushiwakamaru and Joruri

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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The Ballad of Ushiwakamaru and Joruri by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Ballad of Ushiwakamaru and Joruri

Comments - Beautiful triptych of the young samurai Ushiwakamaru, later known as Minamoto no Yoshitsune, serenading the Princess Joruri with his flute. According to the story, Ushiwakamaru came across her home while traveling, becoming entranced by the beautiful young maiden, and the pair fell in love. The princess stands inside the doorway, shyly holding her sleeve to her mouth, her beautiful kimono trailing onto the floor around her. The warrior pauses on the stepping stones in the garden, looking over his shoulder to admire the full moon softly glowing overhead, the flute in his hand. An attendant kneels beside him, showing him the way with a lantern. Detailed with embossing on the white kimono trim, burnishing on the black court cap, and soft bokashi shading in the sky. A fabulous setting with wonderful architectural detail in the palace and a lovely garden with a narrow stream beneath a yellow full moon.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 27 7/8" + margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical fold at edge of one panel. A few creases at edges, a few stains. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

The Ballad of Ushiwakamaru and Joruri by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
The Ballad of Ushiwakamaru and Joruri by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)