Chiyoda Inner Palace: First Horse Day
(Chiyoda no Ooku: Hatsu uma)
signed on the right sheet, Yoshu Chikanobu, published by Fukuda Hatsujiro, dated Meiji nijuhkyunen nigatsu rokuka (Meiji 29 , February 6th), 1896
oban tate-e triptych 14 5/8 by 30 1/8 in., 37 by 76.5 cm
A gathering of actors preparing a performance on the first 'horse day' of the lunar New Year featuring a comical retinue of popular Otsu-e characters derived from folklore and frequently portrayed in kabuki. The troupe includes the Wisteria Maiden (Fuji Musume), a falconer, Benkei carrying a massive temple bell, a daimyo's porter and the heroic Aotake Goro sharpening his giant arrow.
Bruce A. Coats, Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, Scripps College, 2006, p. 171, cat. no. 198
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