Jiraiya and Princess Tsunate Facing Orochimaru, 1883

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Jiraiya and Princess Tsunate Facing Orochimaru, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Jiraiya and Princess Tsunate Facing Orochimaru, 1883

Comments - Terrific kabuki scene of two magicians facing each other in a scene from the tale of the thief and folk hero, Jiraiya. At left, Jiraiya, a practitioner of toad magic, stares solemnly over his shoulder as he makes a magical gesture with one hand, calling up an enormous toad with a glowing yellow eye behind him. In the center, Princess Tsunate draws her sword as she stares calmly at their mutual enemy, the wicked Orochimaru, the son of the Giant Snake. A large snail or slug appears behind her, the animal associated with her special form of magic. At right, the warrior Orochimaru glares back at them, a fierce horned demon mask in his hand and an enormous serpent looming behind him, its red tongue flickering out. He lifts a robe above his head, patterned with diamond in imitation of a snake's scales, his bushy hair sticking out atop his head. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Danjuro IX, Suketakaya Takasuke IV, and Ichikawa Sadanji I. A great supernatural design with excellent detail, including metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the triangle pattern on the white robe at right.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 3/8" + margins as shown

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

Jiraiya and Princess Tsunate Facing Orochimaru, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Jiraiya and Princess Tsunate Facing Orochimaru, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Jiraiya and Princess Tsunate Facing Orochimaru, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Jiraiya and Princess Tsunate Facing Orochimaru, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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