Beauties Practicing Koto, 1895

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Beauties Practicing Koto, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauties Practicing Koto, 1895

Series; Chiyoda Inner Palace (Chiyoda no Ooku)
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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.

Beauties Practicing Koto, 1895 - Lovely Chikanobu triptych of two beauties practicing the koto in an elegant room. A beautiful folding screen patterned with cranes in flight provides an attractive setting, along with graceful flowering branches trailing through the round open window at left. Beautiful detail and coloring in the women's elegant kimono, with embossing on the white kimono collars and trim, faint embossing on the feathers of the cranes, and burnishing on the black kimono, the black collar, and the black lacquer trim of the folding screen and the stand at left A wonderful subject.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 7/8"

Condition - Nice color and detail. A couple small losses and slight thinning at edges, repaired. Wrinkling throughout, diagonal fold in right panel, light offsetting.

Beauties Practicing Koto, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Beauties Practicing Koto, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Beauties Practicing Koto, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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