Shokujo Crossing a Bridge of Magpies and View of Iwabashi

by Edo era artist (unsigned)

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Shokujo Crossing a Bridge of Magpies and View of Iwabashi by Edo era artist (unsigned)

Original Edo era Japanese Woodblock Print
Shokujo Crossing a Bridge of Magpies and View of Iwabashi

Comments - Interesting print featuring two scenes. The circular inset at top depicts Shokujo, the Weaver Maiden, crossing a bridge of magpies from the famous legend of the "The Herdsman and the Weaver Maiden," which is celebrated as the Tanabata Festival. According to the tale, the celestial princess Shokuju fell in love with Kengyu, the herdsman. So in love were the pair that the beauty neglected her weaving and the herdsman allowed his cows to stray. Her father separated the pair on opposite sides of the Milky Way, allowing them to meet only once a year. When the first meeting approached, Shokujo had no way to reach her lover as there was no bridge across the Milky Way. She enlisted the help of the magpies, who formed a bridge so that she could be reunited with her sweetheart. The rectangular inset below shows a view of Iwabashi or Iwa Bridge, but interestingly, the bridge does not reach across the gorge. Text surrounds the pictures. A charming print.

Artist - Edo era artist (unsigned)

Image Size - 7 3/4" x 5 7/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning, soiling, and rubbing, crease at side. Please see photos for details.

Shokujo Crossing a Bridge of Magpies and View of Iwabashi by Edo era artist (unsigned)
Shokujo Crossing a Bridge of Magpies and View of Iwabashi by Edo era artist (unsigned)

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