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

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Minamoto no Raikō

No. 27 from the series

Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared

by Yōshū Chikanobu, 1886


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 apeared to him in a dream and gave hm a special bow and arrow to help him in the way of the martial arts. 
Inset: Warrior with a bull skin.

The Series Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared

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.

Consisting of 50 prints, with themes "drawn from historical epics and war chronicles (gunki), most of which were written in the Kamakura (1185-1333) and Muromachi (1333-1600) eras." (p. 109)  The series uses "a three part format of a large primary scene toped by a title cartouche at right and a scondary 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." (p. 37)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #480
 Title or Description Minamoto no Raikō, No. 27
 Series Eastern Brocades, Day and Night Compared (Azuma nishiki chūya karabe
 Artist Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)
 Signature Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu
 Seal red toshidama seal
 Publication Date October 20, 1886
 Publisher Kobayashi Tetsujirō
 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
 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 SC93.6.116
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