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Minamoto no Yorimitsu, No. 27 from the series Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Minamoto no Yorimitsu

No. 27 from the series

Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared

by Yōshū Chikanobu, 1886

Chikako from the series Instructive Models of Lofty Ambition

IHL Cat. #480

About This Print

Source: Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, Bruce A. Coats, Hotei Publishing, 2006, p. 126.

The famous warrior Minamoto no Yorimitsu (948-1021), also known as Raikō, was devoted to the goddess Benzaiten, who appeared to him in a dream and gave him a special bow and arrow to help him in the way of the martial arts.  The inset above the main panel depicts Kidōmaru in the snow wearing the skin of a bull waiting to ambush Yorimitsu. Kidōmaru will meet his fate on the receiving end of an arrow shot from the special bow.

The Series Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared

Source: Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, Bruce A. Coats, Hotei Publishing, 200ki6, p. 37.
                                                                                                                      
As in the series, Snow, Moon, Flowers, also published by Kobayashi Tetsujirō, this series, consisting of 50 prints, drew its subject matter from 12th through 16th century historical epics and war chronicles. It also uses  "a three part format of a large primary scene topped by a title cartouche at right and a secondary panel set into the upper left corner.  This compositional arrangement encouraged a visual and intellectual conversation among the three segments, allowing subtle commentaries and inflections to be created and/or narratives to be explored."

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #480
 Title or Description Minamoto no Yorimitsu, No. 27
 源頼光
 Series Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared
 東錦昼夜競
 Azuma nishiki chūya kurabe
 Artist Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)
 Signature
Yōshū Chikanobu hitsu 楊洲周延
 Seal red toshidama seal
 Publication Date October 20, 1886 御届 明治十九年月二十日 (as shown below)
 Publisher 
Kobayashi Tetsujirō 小林鉄次郎
(firm name Maruya Tesujirō 丸屋銕次郎)
[Marks: pub. ref. 300; seal not shown]
 Carver宗岡刀 Muneoka tou (Muneoka Shinkichi) (as shown above at bottom of publisher's cartouche)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good – red ink offsetting, original album backing, left margin irregularly trimmed where print was removed from album
 Genre ukiyo-e; monogatari-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 x 9 1/2 in. (35.6 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 1/8 x 8 7/8 in. (33.3 x 22.5 cm)
 Literature 
 Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, Bruce A. Coats, Hotei Publishing, 2006, p. 126, pl. 129.
 Collections This Print
 Scripps College Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery 93.6.116
last revision:
4/20/2020
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