Scene from Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami, 1866

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Scene from Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami, 1866

Comments - Handsome kabuki triptych from the play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami" at the Nakamura Theater, a drama about samurai triplets named Sakuramaru (Cherry), Umeomaru (Plum), and Matsuomaru (Pine). The brothers become the victims of divided loyalties following the treacherous downfall of their sponsor, Sugawara, at the hands of Matsuomaru's employer, Shihei. Here, Sakuramaru and Umeomaru confront Matsuomaru, who stands at right, frowning sternly as he pushes up the sleeve of his pine patterned robe. His flared wig adds to his imposing appearance. In the center, Umeomaru leans forward aggressively, grimacing and gripping the scabbard of his sword. Sakuramaru watches more quietly at left, smiling faintly. From left, the actors are Sawamura Tanosuke III as Toneri Sakuramaru, Ichikawa Kuzo III as Toneri Umeomaru, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Toneri Matsuomaru. A great design with large expressive figures and boldly patterned robe, giving the work a strong graphic appeal.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. A few small repairs.

Scene from Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Scene from Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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