Dancer and Temple Bell

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Dancer and Temple Bell by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Dancer and Temple Bell

Comments - Terrific scene from the popular kabuki dance-drama "Musume Dojoji." In the tale, a shirabyoshi dancer named Hanako comes to Dojoji Temple hoping to dance before the new temple bell. No women have been allowed at the temple since the death of the monk Anchin at the hands of the beauty Kiyohime. Unaware that the beauty is actually the spirit of Kiyohime, the monks allow her to perform, and are soon overcome with strange sensations. She stands at left, smiling up at the bell as she dances with a hand towel stretched between her hands. One of the monks scratches his heads in confusion as his companion looks up at him with a worried expression. Nice large figures with vibrant color. A terrific scene from this classic drama.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 18 5/8"

Condition - Excellent detail and nice color. Backed with paper. Light horizontal line where backing papers meet.

Dancer and Temple Bell by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Dancer and Temple Bell by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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