Swimming at Okazaki, No. 16

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Swimming at Okazaki, No. 16 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Swimming at Okazaki, No. 16

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.

Swimming at Okazaki, No. 16 - Fantastic illustration of the beautiful Oai no kata, a peasant woman born in Okazaki. A man tried to assault her one day while she was swimming in the river, but the strong young beauty easily defeated him, earning praise from the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu for her courage. In this scene she sends her attacker tumbling head over heels through the water as she swims towards the shore, her long hair flowing over her back. Her colorful kimono are draped over a willow tree at right, the foliage gracefully trailing over the water. The inset at upper left shows Oai no kata wrestling with another aggressor. Nicely detailed, with beautiful handling of the water.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13" x 9"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few light creases and small marks. Please see photos for details.

Swimming at Okazaki, No. 16 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Swimming at Okazaki, No. 16 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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