View of Sericulture, 1877 - Attractive triptych showing the stages involved in the ancient art of sericulture. At lower right, women gently brush silkworms into baskets, while behind them a beauty chops mulberry leaves to feed them. At left, a woman scatters the chopped leaves over silkworms on a large straw mat. Above her, a woman draws silk fibers onto a spool from a pot of cocoons boiling in water to release the silk. The finished silk thread is wound onto larger spools or tied into hanks, shown above. At top center, the Meiji Empress sits on a chair viewing the operations, attended by several kneeling ladies-in-waiting. Notice that the workers all wear matching pale blue kimono patterned with green and bright blue leaves. A charming an interesting scene, vibrantly colored and filled with detail.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels. Paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. Vertical folds. A few holes. Creasing, a few marks. Please see photos for details.
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