Re:- Anyone recognize this print?

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Posted by Dan McKee on July 21, 2003 at 01:12:13:

In Reply to: Anyone recognize this print? posted by Kelly Tsamis on July 19, 2003 at 17:50:19:

Hi Kelly,

The card on the back of the print seems to have had some mixed information, some of it right, other parts very far off. The artist is Yoshu Chikanobu, not Sukenobu, but the print was made in the Meiji Era (Meiji 17=1884). The title of the print series is Setsugekka, or "Snow, Moon and Flowers", a standard theme for sets in Japanese painting. The name of the figure is almost right, Oomori Hikoshichi, but the figure on his back is obviously not his master! Actually, this beautiful woman is a demon in disguise, and Hikoshichi sees her true form in her reflection in the water by moonlight (making this one of the moon prints of the series). The story comes from the Taiheiki, or "Record of the Great Pacification", a medieval military chronicle.

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