Comments - Great portrait of Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kibi Daijin in the kabuki play "Kibi Daijin shina monogatari," based on the life of the historic Minister Kibi, a nobleman who went to China as an ambassador for Japan during the 8th century. Here, his sits at a red table with a lacquer tray holding a message on it, leaning forward with a slight frown. He wears a black robe with a beautiful burnished pattern of wavy bands interspersed with stylized clouds, a tall court cap tied beneath his chin. Mt. Fuji appears in soft gray silhouette behind him. A striking design, nicely detailed with light allover cloth embossing on the background. The first time we've offered this subject.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 18 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Two attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical centerfold. A few creases. Please see photos for details.
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