The Subscription List, 1887

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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The Subscription List, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Subscription List, 1887

Comments - Fantastic scene from the famous kabuki play "The Subscription List" (Kanjincho) which tells the story of how Yoshitsune Minamoto and his faithful retainer Benkei, the warrior-monk, led his men across the border disguised as monks. The aristocrat Togashi, shown here in a blue kimono patterned with cranes, is charged with intercepting the party. They tell him they are collecting funds for temple restoration, so Togashi asks Benkei to read a list of the contributors. Thinking quickly, he reads a fake subscription list from a scroll. Here Benkei angrily snatches the scroll away from the prying eyes of Togashi. The young Yoshitsune sits calmly at left, a walking staff resting against his shoulder. Nakamura Fukusuke plays Yoshitsune and Ichikawa Danjuro appears as Benkei. Includes burnishing on the black caps and Benkei's black robe; embossing on Benkei's white kimono collar, the white cord of his hat, and the white area of the scroll; and accents of metallic pigment that have oxidized to a dark tone. Nice full length figures with expressive faces, and interesting calligraphic brushwork suggesting a background of pine trees and shrubs.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14" x 27 1/2" + margin as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Vertical fold at side. A couple small repairs, fold at corner, slight paper remnants at side.

The Subscription List, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Subscription List, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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