Comments - Terrific kabuki scene depicting the famous Battle of Gojo Bridge between the warrior monk, Benkei, and Ushiwakamaru (later known as Yoshitsune). At right, the young samurai holds a folding fan in one hand as he deftly brings his blade down against a naginata wielded by Benkei. His opponent falls back with a grimace, surprised by the attack. He wears a black monk's robe over a suit of armor, with several other weapons visible above his back, including a large wooden mallet and a saw. A full moon glows above the bridge railing, with a willow tree framing the evening sky. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Sadanji I as Benkei and Onoe Kikugoro V as Ushiwakamaru. A lively design with large colorful characters and an unusual subject for Chikanobu, who is best known for his beauty prints.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Small faintly rubbed spot, a couple marks, light curling. Please see photos for details.
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