Attacking a Tattooed Man, 1893

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Attacking a Tattooed Man, 1893 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Attacking a Tattooed Man, 1893

Comments - Dramatic kabuki scene of a commoner attacking a tattooed man, drawing his sword back above his head as he grabs the obi of the beauty at right. His intended victim throws his hand out in self-defense, scrambling backwards on the ground. One sleeve of his kimono has been pushed down to reveal an upper body tattoo of a red bridge over a river and red blossoms. Mt. Fuji fills the background, framed by pine branches at upper right, creating a striking backdrop for the figures. Detailed with metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the sword and burnishing on the man's black undergarment. A great tattoo subject.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 5/8"

Condition - Nice detail and good color. A few repairs at edges, offsetting, spot on beauty's face, tape on back at edges.

Attacking a Tattooed Man, 1893 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Attacking a Tattooed Man, 1893 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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