by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Comments - Attractive scene illustrating the five festivals celebrated annually in Japan. At right, a beauty in a flowing black kimono carries an offering tray with small gifts for the New Year Festival. Behind her, a young boy climbs on his mother's back, wearing a samurai helmet and wielding a sword made of braided iris for the Boys' Day Festival. He smiles happily as he knocks a figure of a red demon to the floor, a figure of Shoki, the Demon Queller, displayed on a low platform. In the center, a beauty and a young girl carry dolls for the Girls' Festival display. At upper left, a woman arranges flowers for the Chrysanthemum festival while the beauty seated at the low table writes out a poem slip for Tanabata. A lovely subject with wonderful detail and color, including burnishing on the black kimono, the black trim on Shoki's robe, and the black vase. This subject is illustrated on page 166 of Bruce A. Coats's recent book "Chikanobu: Images of Modernity and Nostalgia."
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 1/4" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds, folds at corners. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and stains. Horizontal and vertical lines where backing sheets meet. Please see photos for details.
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