Prince Oto no miya Morinaga, No. 50

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Prince Oto no miya Morinaga, No. 50 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Prince Oto no miya Morinaga, No. 50

Series; Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared

Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared - Designed in 1886, Chikanobu's extraordinary "Eastern Brocade" series features a fantastic range of subjects, including brave warriors, eerie ghosts, timeless beauties, and famous figures from traditional tales of triumph and treachery. These beautiful images bring the history and legends of Japan to life with colorful characters and a wonderful attention to detail. Note the appealing compositions and fine printing in these Meiji era masterworks, many of which include deluxe treatments such as burnishing, embossing, or the addition of mica. These attractive designs are a nice choice to collect or display.

Prince Oto no miya Morinaga, No. 50 - Dramatic scene of the samurai Ashikaga Tadayoshi trying to execute his prisoner, Prince Oto no miya Morinaga, the son of exiled Emperor Go Daigo. Ashikaga Takauji wanted to become shogun himself, so he arrested Morinaga and charged his brother Tadayoshi with guarding him. When Hojo troops rebelled against the Ashikaga, Tadayoshi decided to kill Morinaga rather than risk his going free. Here the prince's wife tries to intervene as Tadayoshi surprises the prince at his writing table, sending him falling backwards as he attacks, his sword held overhead. The inset above shows the prince's bloody head paraded about on the end of a sword. The composition effectively conveys the chaos of the situation, with letters flying and the wife's robes tangled up under her husband. Nicely detailed with embossing on the white kimono.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13" x 9"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Image cut out at top edge. Slight soiling, a couple stains, slight rubbing at edge. Please see photos for details.

Prince Oto no miya Morinaga, No. 50 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Prince Oto no miya Morinaga, No. 50 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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