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Chiyoda no on omote, zen (The Outer Precincts of Chiyoda Palace, complete)

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Hashimoto Chikanobu, Chiyoda no on omote, zen (The Outer Precincts of Chiyoda Palace, complete), 1897, color woodblock prints on paper (ôban nishiki-e) accordion-fold album, Gift of an anonymous donor, public domain, 2009.56

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Title

Chiyoda no on omote, zen (The Outer Precincts of Chiyoda Palace, complete)

Artist

Hashimoto Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838-1912)

Date

1897

Medium

color woodblock prints on paper (ôban nishiki-e) accordion-fold album

Dimensions (H x W x D)

each sheet: 13 7/8 in x 9 3/4 in

Inscriptions & Markings

publisher's telephone: 電話浪花二九四番, printed in red ink, lower left

publisher's mark: 明治三十年三月三十日印刷 仝 年四月三十日発行 日本バシ区長谷川丁十九バンチ 臨写印刷兼発行者 福田初次郎, printed in red ink, in twin fish cartouche, lower left

carver's seal: Hori Ei II, printed in red, lower left

signature: 揚州周延, printed in black, lower left

Collection Area

Asian Art; Graphic Arts

Category

Books, Portfolios, and Manuscripts

Japanese Traditional Prints

Object Type

album

relief print

Culture

Japanese

Credit Line

Gift of an anonymous donor

Accession Number

2009.56

Copyright

public domain

Terms

albums

Japanese woodblock prints

nishiki-e

oban

relief prints

samurai

triptychs

warriors

Description

From the ninth century onward, equestrian archery was the quintessential skill of the Japanese warrior. Even as the bow and arrow were supplanted by spears and guns, equestrian archery or yabusame retained its prestige and was fostered through ceremonial competitions.

Here, in a triptych that is part of a larger volume of scenes of life at Edo Castle, a samurai demonstrates his prowess at yabusame for the shogun. Galloping at top speed, he stands in his stirrups and aims at a small wooden target. During his run, he will shoot at three targets set 50 yards apart.

The sport of yabusame survives today and is most often enacted at Shinto shrines throughout Japan, where it is presented as an offering to the gods.

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