Couple and Tattooed Commoner, 1866

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Couple and Tattooed Commoner, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Couple and Tattooed Commoner, 1866

Comments - Handsome kabuki triptych showing a couple encountering a tattooed commoner. In the center, Kurikara Denji wears a blue and white cotton kimono over a black under garment, his upper arms covered with a tattoo of red cherry blossoms and swirling clouds or water. He scowls as he looks at the beauty, one elbow resting atop a wooden sign tilted at an angle. At left, the beauty Ohana smiles up at him, but her companion Chiyo Hanshichi regards him suspiciously, watching him from the corners of his eyes. The large colorful figures are set against a dark night sky, focusing all attention on the characters. From left, the actors are Bando Mitsugoro VI, Otani Tomoemon V as Kurikara Denji, and Nakamura Fukusuke II. A great design with soft shading in the background.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice detail. Vertical fold at side of two panels. Thinning along one fold, thinning area, repaired. Slight rubbing.

Couple and Tattooed Commoner, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Couple and Tattooed Commoner, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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