Comments - An extraordinarily rare triptych by Chikanobu depicting a pleasure boat of upper class-ladies watching awabi or abalone divers in the sea. In the center, three of the awabe divers grapple with octopuses whose grasping tentacles bring to mind the erotic connotations of Hokusai's landmark shunga design, "Dream of the Fisherman's Wife." At upper left, a woman swims through the gently undulating waves, her knife clenched between her teeth. Other divers watch from the rocky shore, a large basket of abalone nearby. The ladies on the ship look forward with interest, one leaning forward over the edge. A variety of other sea life can be seen just below the surface of the water, including bream, squid and a manta ray. Mount Fuji rises on the horizon and the silhouette of a steamship can be seen in the distance. This is one of Chikanobu's rarest triptychs - bid or buy now!
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 27 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Wrinkling, staining. Please see photos for details.
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