Hofuku: Crawling

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Hofuku: Crawling by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Hofuku: Crawling

Series; Eastern Customs: Enumerated Blessings

Eastern Customs: Enumerated Blessings - Attractive image from a Chikanobu series published from about 1887 to 1890. These charming scenes illustrate words that include the syllable fuku (or huku), which has many different meanings, but the primary meaning is blessing or good fortune. Women, children, and families are shown in daily life, playing games, enjoying different traditions, and celebrating festivals and events. Beautifully drawn with fine detail and vibrant color, these lovely Chikanobu designs offer a wonderful look at life in Japan during the Meiji era. A rarely seen series and a nice choice for a collector.

Hofuku: Crawling - Charming scene of mother encouraging her child to crawl towards her by offering her breast for nursing. The infant wriggles along the floor in a pink floral kimono as his mother smiles at him, several abandoned toys on the floor nearby. A woman leans through the open window at right, smiling and holding a kitten trying to climb over her shoulder. The room opens onto a garden with a potted rose bush on a stump, stepping stones, and a stone lantern by the fence. Nicely colored with wonderful detail and burnishing on the black kimono collars and obi.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. A couple light vertical lines where backing papers meet. Please see photos for details.

Hofuku: Crawling by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Hofuku: Crawling by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)