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Nakamura Utaemon IV as Ishikawa Goemon, 1847 - 1852 - Terrific kabuki portrait of Nakamura Utaemon IV as the thief Ishikawa Goemon, shown looking up with a startled expression. At upper left a hawk carries a white cloth with a message written in blood on it. Goemon picks up the cloth after the bird drops it, and discovers that it is a death poem written by his father, from whom he was separated as a child. He decides that he must avenge the death of his father, who was forced to commit suicide. A fine brocade robe patterned with dragons is draped over his shoulders as he stands in front of an ornately carved temple door framed by blossoming cherry tree. Detailed with a subtle burnished scroll pattern on the black kimono and embossing on the white cloth. A great expressive image of the moment Goemon realizes the significance of the message.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 3/4"
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Stitching holes at side, a few holes, repaired. Slight rubbing and creasing. Please see photos for details.
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