Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori, 1883

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori, 1883

Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the play "Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori" at the Ichimura Theater, a tale about the famous Six Immortal Poets, which features Nakamura Shikan in four different roles. In the left panel, Nakamura Shikan appears as both the monk Kisen, smiling as he raises his sleeve, and the nobleman Yasuhide, who looks up at him with a grin. At bottom center, Kataoka Gado plays the nobleman Ariwara no Narihira. He wears a blue robe with yellow crosshatching and a black court cap, a quiver of arrows at his back. Above him, Nakamura Shikan plays the courtier Otomo Kuronishi, grimacing angrily as he waves his staff of office, his black robe patterned with a burnished cloud pattern. At top right, Bando Mitsusaburo plays the Heian era poet and courtier Ono no Komachi, while Nakamura Shikan appears as the Buddhist priest Sojo Henjo. The large, expressive figures are set off by a deep red background. Includes faint embossing on the white kimono at upper left. The first time we've seen his Kunichika triptych.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Excellent detail and good color. A few repairs at edges, vertical wrinkle in left panel, light creasing throughout.

Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Rokkasen Sugata no Irodori, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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