Chikanobu: A mother advising her sonChikanobu: A mother advising her son
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Toyohara (Yôshû) Chikanobu (1838-1912)

A mother admonishingly touching her little son’s head, as hidden mandarin oranges roll from his kimono sleeve. In the background a tokonoma niche adorned with a scroll painting and an ikebana flower arrangement.

On top: The boy Lu Ji kneeling in front of old Yuan Shu; the mandarin oranges that he secretly wanted to take home to please his mother are lying before him.

Title: Lu Ji (Nr. 19) – jap. Riku Seki

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. Retains old album backing. On bottom short box pleat, else very good condition.

Literature: Bruce A. Coats, Chikanobu. Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints. Leiden, 2006, p. 154 ff