The Plum Tree, Oshuku, 1891

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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The Plum Tree, Oshuku, 1891 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Plum Tree, Oshuku, 1891

Comments - Charming scene from a famous tale about the Emperor Murakami's plum tree. After an ancient plum tree in the Imperial garden died, court attendants sought a replacement. They found one in the garden of the 10th century poet Ki no Tsurayuki's family home near Kyoto. The poet's daughter she graciously honored their request to take it away, but before they did, she hung a poem from a branch asking what she should tell the warbler when it returned looking for its home. The Emperor was so moved by her verse that he returned the tree. Here, a farmwoman and her son relay the news of the approach of the emperor's servants. A fence encloses the courtyard garden, the plum tree is covered with pink and white blossoms and buds. An attractive scene, detailed with burnishing on the black obi and collar.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, a few spots. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

The Plum Tree, Oshuku, 1891 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
The Plum Tree, Oshuku, 1891 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)