Hizen, Flowers of Saga, Cat Monster of the Inner Garden, No. 15

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Hizen, Flowers of Saga, Cat Monster of the Inner Garden, No. 15 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Hizen, Flowers of Saga, Cat Monster of the Inner Garden, No. 15

Series; Snow, Moon, Flowers

Hizen, Flowers of Saga, Cat Monster of the Inner Garden, No. 15 - Interesting scene from the famous legend of the Cat Monster of Saga. Here the evil Nabeshima Naoshige threatens the mother of Ryuzoji Matahichiro with a sword near a verandah opening onto the inner garden of Saga Castle. A wind sweeps across the scene, sending cherry petals fluttering through the air, as Naoshige turns to look over his shoulder. After the struggle, Naoshige took control of the castle and the Ryuzoji family domain. The inset above shows the Ryuzoji's pet cat, named Tama, which became a monster to avenge the family. A fantastic scene from this incredible tale, with a beautiful burnished geometric pattern in the black robe.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning and soiling, a few small spots and creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Hizen, Flowers of Saga, Cat Monster of the Inner Garden, No. 15 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Hizen, Flowers of Saga, Cat Monster of the Inner Garden, No. 15 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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