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Illustration of the Imperial Procession through the Streets after the Ceremony of the Promulgation of the Constitution

Illustration of Townspeople Watching Noh Play “Okina” in Edo Castle from the series Flower of Edo in the Past
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illustration of the Imperial Procession through the Streets after the Ceremony of the Promulgation of the Constitution (right sheet)

Illustration of the Phoenix Carriage at the Great Celebration of the Constitution Ceremony (left sheet)

by Yōshū Chikanobu, 1889

Illustration of the Celebration of the Silver Wedding Anniversary

IHL Cat. #2092

About This Print

Five days before the February 11, 1889 promulgation ceremonies for the new Meiji constitution, Chikanobu provided his audience with a preview of the announced public festivities. Fireworks and balloons adorn the sky over the Imperial Palace and a royal entourage, with the Emperor and Empress in the lead in the Phoenix Carriage, is seen crossing Nijubashi and headed towards the Aoyama Military Parade Field where the emperor will inspect the troops. Thousands were to line the parade route. The red and white banner in the lower right reads l寳柞万歳 "Banzai Treasured Jewel," referencing the new constitution. 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #2092
 Title or Description Right sheet: Illustration of the Imperial Procession through the Streets after the Ceremony of the Promulgation of the Constitution
憲法発布式後 市街御幸之図 Kenpō happushiki ato shigai miyuki no zu
 Left sheet: Illustration of the Phoenix Carriage at the Great Celebration of the Constitution Ceremony
憲法式 大祭鳳凰御輦之図 Kenpōshiki daisai hōō gosha no zu
 Series
 Artist Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)
 Signature
楊洲周延筆 Yōshū Chikanobu hitsu
 Seal not sealed
 Publication Date February 6, 1889
 Printed: Meiji 22 2nd month 6th day 明治廿二年二月六日印刷
 Publication: Meiji 22 2nd month 6th day 明治廿二年二月六日 出版
 Publisher
横山良八 Yokoyama Ryōhachi (Tsujiokaya Kamekichi)
[Marks: pub. ref. 623; seal not shown]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good – 3 unbacked sheets joined together; wrinkling throughout
 Genre ukiyo-e; kaika-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format vertical ōban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 14 3/8 x 28 1/2 in. (36.5 x 72.4 cm)
 H x W Image 14 1/4 x 28 1/8 in. (36.2 x 71.4 cm)
 Literature 
 
 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2000.276a-c; National Diet Library 1307423; Hood Museum, Dartmouth College 2013.60.1
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