Chikanobu: Praying Beauty
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Toyohara (Yôshû) Chikanobu (1838-1912)
A young beauty praying at a shrine or temple, the rope of the prayer bell hanging in front of her.
On top: The high official Yu Qianlou kneeling with a bowl in front of his father, prepared to taste his excrements to learn whether his father was ill.
Title: Yu Qianlou (No. 18) – jap. Yu Kinrô
Series: Nijû-shi ko mitate e-awase (Juxtaposed Pictures of Twenty-four Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety)
Signature: Yôshû Chikanobu
Block carver: Hori Asa (Asahisa Ryûtarô)
Publisher: Hasegawa Tsunejirô, Tokio
Date: Meiji 24 (1891)
Size: Oban, 33,7 x 22,3 cm
Very good impression, fine fresh colours, with burnishing (tsuyazuri). Retains old album backing. Very good condition.
Literature: Bruce A. Coats, Chikanobu. Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints. Leiden, 2006, P. 154 ff