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Edo, Snow on Narihira Bridge in Hongo...No. 41 from the series Snow, Moon, Flowers

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Edo, Snow on Narihira Bridge in Hongo, Courtesans of the Arimaya, Clamseller Yokichi, and

Onogawa Kisaburo

No. 41 from the series Snow, Moon, Flowers

by Yōshū Chikanobu, 1885


IHL Cat. #385

About This Print

Source: Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, Bruce A. Coats, Hotei Publishing, 2006, p. 104.

"The little boy Yokichi has heard that his sister Otaki, who was sold into prostitution, has committed suicide, and he comes to the Arimaya brothel to find out more information.
Inset: Onogawa Kisaburo fights off the monster cat, formerly the pet of Otaki."

The Series Setsugekka: Snow, Moon, Flowers

Source: "Setsugekka: Snow, Moon, Flowers", Joshua S. Mostow, appearing in Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, Bruce A. Coats, Hotei Publishing, 2006, p. 83.

"Chikanobu’s fifty-print series Setsugekka [Snow, Moon, Flowers] was published between August 1884 and April 1886.  The term setsugekka / setsu getsu ka derives originally from a poem by the famous Tang-dynasty poet Bo Juyki (772-846), which was in turn included in the Heian-period anthology Wakan rōei shū:

Lute, poetry, wine – my friends
all have deserted me;
snow, moon, flowers – these seasons,
I most often think of you.

As can be seen from Bo’s usage, the phrase was a short-hand way of referring to the four seasons and their respective best features: the snow of winter, the autumn moon, and the spring cherry-blossoms."


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #385
 Title or Description Edo, Snow on Narihira Bridge in Honjo, Courtesans of the Arimaya, Clamseller Yokichi, and Onogawa Kisaburo #41 from the series Snow, Moon, Flowers
(Edo, Honjo Narihirabashi no yuki, Arimaya no okata, Shijimi-uri Yokichi, Onogawa Kisaburo: Setsugekka)
 Series Snow, Moon, Flowers (Setsugekka 雪月花)
 Artist Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)
 Signature Yōshū Chikanobu hitsu
 Seal red toshidama seal
 Publication Date 1885 March 11
 Publisher Kobayashi Tetsujirō
 Carver
Hori Yū 彫勇
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good – red ink offsetting, original album backing, right margin irregularly trimmed where print was removed from album, upper right
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous
Print number in series 48 四十一 appearing in lower right corner of image
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 
 13 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (35.2 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 12 3/4 x 8 3/8 in. (32.4 x 21.3 cm)
 Literature 
 Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, Bruce A. Coats, Hotei Publishing, 2006, p. 104, pl. 93.
 Collections This Print
 Scripps College SC93.6.74

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