Chiyoda Outer Palace - Following his successful "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series, Chikanobu designed a second triptych series first published in 1897 illustrating the "Chiyoda Outer Palace" (Chiyoda no on-omote), the domain of the shogun and his retainers at Edo Castle, also known as Chiyoda Castle. The men are depicted taking part in sporting and hunting activities, martial arts, annual ceremonies, and traditional rituals. The Outer Palace series was smaller than the Inner Palace series, with 32 triptychs instead of 40, and these designs are seen much less often. Chikanobu's characteristic attention to detail highlights the clothing and accessories worn by the samurai, as well as the indoor and outdoor settings. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such and embossing and burnishing. The handsome "Chiyoda Outer Palace" series provides a wonderful look at life inside the Shogun's castle prior to the Meiji Restoration.
Daimyo Procession Arriving at the Palace for the New Year's Greeting - Wonderful panoramic view of a long procession of feudal lords approaching Chiyoda Palace for the annual New Year's Day greeting of the Tokugawa Shogun. A fantastic image showing samurai marching solemnly towards the stone wall of the castle, the two men in front carrying gifts in large wooden crates. A daimyo rides in a palanquin at right, surrounded by his retainers. The spire of the palace rises at left with other buildings silhouetted in gray along the horizon. Beautifully detailed with cloth embossing on the white kimono and touches of burnishing. A terrific choice for collectors interested in traditional activities during the Shogun's reign.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 27 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Diagonal folds. A couple small holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, creasing at edges, stain. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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