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Sagami, Flowers of Yokoyama... No. 48 from the series Snow, Moon, Flowers

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sagami, Flowers of Yokoyama, Princess Terute

and Oguri Hangan

No. 48 from the series Snow, Moon, Flowers

by Yōshū Chikanobu, 1885

IHL Cat. #384

About This Print

Source: Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, Bruce A. Coats, Hotei Publishing, 2006, p. 107.

"The 17th century play Tōryū Oguri Hangan, originally by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, has taken many forms over the centuries with complex story lines added, but a popular scene is when Oguri Hangan, searching for stolen family treasures in Yokoyama, finds his beloved fiancee Princess Terute, who had been abducted, lost at sea, rescued and now worked as a maid in the house of a wealthy rice merchant. The moment of reunion is shown in this print. When the merchant's daughter (who also loves Hangan) tries to kill Terute, the merchant's wife kills her daughter, who then becomes a demon that attacks and disfigures Hangan. Terute then takes her lover to the healing waterfalls of Nachi [shown in inset], where he recovers."

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
 #384
 Title or Description Sagami, Flowers of Yokoyama, Princess Terute and Oguri Hangan No. 48 from the series Snow, Moon, Flowers (Sagami, Yokoyama no hana, Terute-hime, Oguri Hangan: Setsugekka)
 Series Snow, Moon, Flowers (Setsugekka 雪月花)
 Artist Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)
 Signature Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu
 Seal red toshidama seal
 Publication Date
1885
 Publisher
小林 鉄次郎 Kobayashi Tetsujirō [Marks: pub. ref. 300; seal not shown]
 Carver
Hori Yū 彫勇
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair – original album backing, left margin irregularly trimmed where print was removed from album; soiling primarily visible in margins
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Miscellaneous
Print number in series 48 四十八 appearing in lower left corner of image

 Format oban
 H x W Paper 
 13 7/8 x 8 3/4 in. (35.2 x 22.2 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (33.7 x 21.6 cm) "H" dimension includes cat image in margin
 Literature 
 Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, Bruce A. Coats, Hotei Publishing, 2006, p. 107, pl. 100.
 Collections This Print
 Scripps College SC93.6.52

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