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Nobleman presenting crane to Emperor
  • Takashima Chiharu
    1776–1859
    active: Japan
  • Nobleman presenting crane to Emperor, circa 1820s, Edo period (1600–1868)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 213 x 304 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 3/8 x 11 15/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 247 x 354 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.1965
Description

Depiction of a nobleman presenting a crane to the Emperor at the Imperial palace in Kyoto. Court scene with small figures presenting white crane by dais. The inscription before the two poem slips in the upper right corner gives the name of Lord Sadanao of Tominokoji in Kyoto. This sheet may also have been published in the poetry album Yomo no Haru, "Spring in the four directions", ca. 1828.

Court scene. Bottom right corner, stream with bridge. Ducks and pine tree on bank. Bottom left corner, seated figures with cloth screen. Figure at center, sits on mat with crane. Top left quadrant, large structure with stairs leading down to courtyard. Figures sit near stairs. Colors include green, red, blue, purple, black, and brown.