Chiyoda Inner Palace - First published from 1894 - 1897, Chikanobu's "Chiyoda Inner Palace" (Chiyoda no Ooku) series depicts the lives of women in Edo Castle prior to the Meiji Restoration, when it was home to the shogun and his court. Edo Castle was also known as Chiyoda Castle, and the series includes 40 triptychs. The Inner Palace area housed the shogun's wife and unmarried daughters, his male heir, and many ladies-in-waiting and servants. These lovely triptychs illustrate seasonal activities both inside and outside of the women's private quarters, and a variety of ceremonies, rituals, and pastimes. The beauties are elegantly attired as they go about their daily lives, with wonderful attention and detail given to their sumptuous kimono and obi fabrics. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such as burnishing, embossing, and mica or metallic pigment. Chikanobu's lovely "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series beautifully captures the world of upper-class women in mid-nineteenth century Japan.
Buddha Festival - Wonderful depiction of the ladies of Chiyoda Palace celebrating the birth of Buddha. At right, one of the beauties kneels before an altar with a small statue of Buddha pointing toward heaven, her hands clasped in prayer, while others watch the activities in the garden from a spacious verandah. A beautifully detailed print with embossing on the white kimono collars and trim, and burnishing on the black finials on the verandah posts.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, left panel backed with paper. Losses at side, slight separation along vertical fold at side of two panels, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and rubbing, a few creases and stains. Please see photos for details.
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