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Illustration of Imperial Visit of Mikado Ingyō to Princess Sotoshi


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illustration of Imperial Visit of Mikado Ingyō to  Princess Sotoshi

by Kobayashi Eitaku, 1901

IHL Cat. #555

About This Print

Source: A Waka Anthology: The Gem-Glistening Cup, Edwin A. Cranston, 1993, Stanford University Press, p. 85.
This print depicts a night-time visit by the fifth-century Emperor Ingyō (c. 411-453) to his lover Princess Sotoshi no iratsume  (aka Sotori), the younger sister of Empress Oshisaka no Ōnakatsuhime.  In order not to offend the Empress, the Emperor provided a residence for Princess Sotoshi far away from the Empress, first in Fujiwara near Asuka and then in Chinu in Kawachi on the Inland Sea, and made secret visits to her. (Of course the Empress knew about the visits.)

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showing details of silver highlights on Princess Sotoshi's robe

In the eighth year, spring, the second month, he (the Emperor) went to Fujiwara and secretly observed the demeanor of Lady Sotori. That evening Lady Sotori was alone, yearning for the Emperor. Unaware that the Emperor had come, she composed a song, saying:

Tonight is the night
My young love will come to me:
Little bamboo crab
Spider’s antics make it clear.
Oh, very clear tonight!

This poem made Princess Sotori famous, and she later became a deity of poetry.

Attribution of this Design to the Artist Kobayashi Eitaku

The signature on this print bears the name Eitaku 永濯. (The full signature reads "ōju Eitaku" 応需 永濯, (ōju meaning "by demand.")  The Hagi Uragami Museum attributes this print to Kobayashi Eitaku 小林永濯 as does the Ota Museum (although they date their print to 1895 and they do not provide an image of their print.)1 The publisher's seal on this collection's print carries the date 10th month, Meiji 34 or October 1901.  However, the artist Kobayashi Eitaku is recorded as having died in 1890.  

1 http://www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/lastukiyoe-list.pdf

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Illustration of Imperial Visit of Mikado Ingyō to Princess Sotoshi
允恭帝衣通姫之許ニ御幸之図 Ingyōtei Soto'ori hime no tokoro ni gyokō no zu
 Artist  Kobayashi Eitaku (1843-1890)
ōju Eitaku 応需 永濯
 Seal  unread seal below signature
 Publication Date October 24, 1901(Meiji 34)
 Publisher Kimura Toyokichi 発行者木村豊吉 [Marks pub ref. 239; seal not shown]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - margins trimmed; separate panels each backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 13 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. (35.2 x 24.1 cm) each sheet

 Collections This Print
 Hagi Uragami Museum U04695; Honolulu Museum of Art 23951
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