Mikagura Performance

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Mikagura Performance by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Mikagura Performance

Series; Inner Chiyoda Palace (Chiyoda no Ooku)

Mikagura Performance - Terrific image of a beauty helping a dancer prepare for a mikagura or formal ritual dance performance at the Imperial Palace. The performer stands in the center wearing a sumptuous costume and flowing red wig, and a headdress topped with a dragon figurine. The woman carefully removes a mask from it elegant lacquer box at right, looking over her shoulder at the dancer. Props for the theatrical dance can be seen at left. The red pigment of the wig has oxidized to a darker tone. An incredible design with accents of silver mica, faint embossing on the beauty's white kimono collar and trim, and burnishing in the black lacquer container at left. One of the rarer images from this beautiful series.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 277/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Good color and detail. Horizontal fold in right panel, a couple creases at edges, faint staining at top.

Mikagura Performance by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Mikagura Performance by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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