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.
Wedding Ceremony, 1896 - Rare, complete five-panel print from depicting a young nobleman and his consort having a ceremonial wedding meal, attended by many ladies-in-waiting. A low table between the pair is set with symbols of longevity and good luck for the couple's future, including a bonsai pine tree and a crane. Lovely embossed patterns on the white kimono and collars of the attendants. A wonderful Chikanobu design, beautifully detailed. This is an unusual variant with a colored background. All the other impressions we have seen of this subject use the paper color for the background.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 46" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Five separate panels, backed with paper. Vertical wrinkles. Thin spot, repaired. Slight creasing. Please see photos for details.
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