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Toyohara (Yôshû) Chikanobu (1838-1912)

A mother brings her new-born baby - hidden under a children's kimono - to his first shrine visit, followed by a boy carrying the ritual gifts.

Title: Miyamairi (The First Shrine Visit)

Series: Azuma (East)

Signature: Yôshû Chikanobu

Seal: Toshidama

Publisher: Fukuda Hatsujirô, Tokyo

Date: Meiji 29 (1896)

Size: Oban, 35,2 x 24 cm (paper size)

Very good impression and very nice fresh colours, with relief printing, glossy overprint and printed with silver peigments. With an old mounting. Tiny fold and a little bit worn at lower right, otherwise perfect condition.

The title „East“ means „Elegant traditional kimono fashion from the eastern capital city, i.e. Tokyo“. This rare and very nice series by Chikanobu shows ladies dressed with kimonos appropriate to their activities. Therefore esp. the kimonos are very skilfully worked out in detail.

See also: Coats, Chikanobu, p 186.