Chikanobu: Court Beauty Intrigue (Sold)

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Artist: Yōshū Chikanobu
Title: Court Beauty Intrigue
Series: Nihon Meijo Banashi (Stories of Famous Women of Japan)
Date: 1893

The young 14th century emperor Gokomatsu fell in love with a woman who eventually bore him a son. Due to the jealousy and intrigue of the court, and distrust of her family loyalty, she was falsely accused of carrying a knife and thereby removed from the palace. Here we see two ladies-in-waiting “discovering” a hidden knife, the emperor watching from behind a screen. The woman’s child grew up to become the famous Zen master Ikkyu (1394-1481). Beautifully printed, with blindprinting on the brocade white garments of the women.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint.
Dimensions: ôban diptych
Signature: Yôshû Chikanobu