by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Series; Snow, Moon, Flowers
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Yamashiro, Flowers of the Capital Suburbs, Daughter of Ki no Tsurayuki, No. 39 - Beautiful illustration showing the daughter of the 10th century poet Ki no Tsurayuki at the family home near Kyoto. The prize of the poet's garden was a beautiful old plum tree, shown here blooming next to the house. The Emperor Murakami needed to replace a plum tree in his own garden, so he sent his servants to take the poet's tree. Before they arrived, the daughter hung a poem from a branch asking what she should tell the warbler when it returns looking for its home. The Emperor was so moved by her verse that he returned the tree. She stands in the doorway watching as the Emperor's retainers cross a narrow bridge leading to the garden. She wears a kimono with a delightful pattern of small rabbits and colorful flowers. The inset above shows a fan painted with a bird, and a poem. A lovely spring scene.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Toning, slight soiling. Some prints have a few creases at edges or marks. Please see photos for details.
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