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Nobleman and Bound Captive, 1880 - Fascinating kabuki scene of a nobleman in court dress reading a scroll to a wild-haired captive who is bound with rope around the shoulders. The prisoner frowns, his eyes open wide as the nobleman regards him soberly, a nun fingering her prayer beads as she looks beseechingly at the nobleman. At left, a second scene shows Iwai Hanshiro as the beauty Omura menaced by a Sanuki no Kinsuke, played by Ichikawa Sadanji, who holds a hairpin in his hand. Nice expressive figures in an attractive composition.
Artist - Chikashige (active circa 1850 - 1890)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few small tears at edges, repaired. A few creases at edges. Please see photos for details.
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