Scene from Sukeroku, 1872

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Scene from Sukeroku, 1872 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Sukeroku, 1872

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Scene from Sukeroku, 1872 - Handsome scene from the kabuki play commonly known as "Sukeroku" from a performance at the Morita Theater, a drama about the otokodate or street knight Hanakawado Sukeroku, who is actually one of the famous Soga Brothers in disguise. He and the elderly daimyo Ikyu are rivals for the attentions of the beautiful courtesan Agemaki, shown between the two men. At left, Sukeroku looks up with a sober expression as he holds an umbrella high, an invalid's purple sash tied around his forehead because he is lovesick for Agemaki. The beauty grins back at him happily, her striking kimono patterned with a carp leaping up a waterfall, tied with a peony print obi. At right, Ikyu glares at Sukeroku angrily, his white hair and beard falling over his shoulders and chest. From left, the actors are Kawarazaki Gonnosuke VII, Iwai Hanshiro VIII, Nakamura Nakazo III, and Kawarazaki Kunitaro II as the beauty Shiratama. Nice large expressive figures set against a deep blue background bordered with a simulated red lacquer frame, beautifully detailed with burnishing on the black kimono and embossing on the white hair and beard, and Shiratama's white collar.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 26 7/8" + top margin as shown

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

Scene from Sukeroku, 1872 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Scene from Sukeroku, 1872 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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