Wedding Ceremony, 1896

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Wedding Ceremony, 1896 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Wedding Ceremony, 1896

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.

Wedding Ceremony, 1896 - An incredible five-panel print from Chikanobu's famous "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series. In this design, a young nobleman and his consort are shown 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, and silver mica that has oxidized to a dark tone on the white kimono in the center. A wonderful Chikanobu design, beautifully detailed.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 46 1/2"

Condition - Nice color and detail. A few tears and slight thinning at edges, repaired. Wrinkling throughout, offsetting.

Wedding Ceremony, 1896 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Wedding Ceremony, 1896 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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