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.
Observing the Hunt in Koganegahara - Fantastic scene of a shogun's hunt taking place in Koganegahara. The shogun and his court watch the proceedings from a pavilion atop a hill at right, with noblemen watching from lower viewing platforms. Samurai armed with spears are ready on horseback and on foot below in a fenced area, waiting for teams of samurai to drive a stream of animals into the enclosure. Mt. Fuji can be faintly seen on the horizon at left with snow on its sides. A terrific composition with wonderful detail and soft shading.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 3/4"
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Three panels, not attached, backed with paper. Very slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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