Shizuka Gozen at Tsurugaoka in Kamakura, 1911

by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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Shizuka Gozen at Tsurugaoka in Kamakura, 1911 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Shizuka Gozen at Tsurugaoka in Kamakura, 1911

Comments - Handsome depiction of Shizuka gozen performing a shirabyoshi dance for the Shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo and noblemen at Tsurugaoka in Kamakura. The beauty strikes a graceful pose with her sleeve flipping up on one side and a fan in her extended hand. She wears a dark blue tunic patterned with birds in flight and clouds over long red pants, the fabric trailing beneath her feet, a tall yellow court cap tied beneath her chin. At right, musicians play cymbals, a hand drum, and a flute. The samurai sit in a pavilion behind the beauty, watching attentively. Lady Shizuka was the mistress of Yoritomo's brother Yoshitsune, with whom he was feuding. While Yoshitsune was in hiding, the Shogun sent for Lady Shizuka to have her perform for him at the famous shrine at Tsurugaoka, hoping to trick her into revealing Yoshitsune's whereabouts, but she kept his secret. An attractive design with vibrant color, nicely detailed with burnishing on the black court caps.

Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 27 5/8"

Condition - Excellent color and detail. Vertical fold at side of one panel.

Shizuka Gozen at Tsurugaoka in Kamakura, 1911 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Shizuka Gozen at Tsurugaoka in Kamakura, 1911 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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