Women Naginata Warriors, Guardians of the Chiyoda Palace, Covering the Retreat from a Burning Castle

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Women Naginata Warriors, Guardians of the Chiyoda Palace, Covering the Retreat from a Burning Castle by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Women Naginata Warriors, Guardians of the Chiyoda Palace, Covering the Retreat from a Burning Castle

Series; Chiyoda Inner Palace (Chiyoda no Ooku)

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.

Women Naginata Warriors, Guardians of the Chiyoda Palace, Covering the Retreat from a Burning Castle - Fascinating triptych of the ladies of Chiyoda Palace guarding the palace grounds during a fire, with smoke and flames visible in the far left. These women were responsible for assisting occupants of the palace during emergencies. They wear matching black kimono burnished with a subtle geometric pattern, and carry naginata and lanterns. Lovely embossed detail on the white collars of the kimono, and soft shading on the atmospheric background. A striking design and one of the more rarely seen images from the series.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 14" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight separation along horizontal centerfolds, loss at edge, a few large tears, repaired. Toning, staining, slight soiling and curling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.

Women Naginata Warriors, Guardians of the Chiyoda Palace, Covering the Retreat from a Burning Castle by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Women Naginata Warriors, Guardians of the Chiyoda Palace, Covering the Retreat from a Burning Castle by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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