Scene from Izayoi Seishin, 1884

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Scene from Izayoi Seishin, 1884 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Izayoi Seishin, 1884

Comments - Handsome scene from a kabuki play commonly known as "Izayoi Seishin." After his love affair with the geisha Izayoi is discovered, the priest Seishin is banished. They decide to commit suicide together, but neither succeeds. Here, the poet Hakuren has rescued Izayoi, pulling her from the water with his fishing net. He stares at her as he holds up a flaming torch for a better look as she hangs over the edge of his boat. At right, Seishin clings to a piling near the shore, his once-shaved hair growing out atop his head. He wears a beautifully embossed white robe tied with a purple umbrella. From left, the actors are Suketakaya Kosuke IV as Izayoi, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Hakuren, and Onoe Kikugoro V as Seishin. An interesting subject with large expressive figures and vibrant color. Includes burnishing embossing on the white kimono and burnishing on the black cloth wrapped around Hakuren's head.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. A few creases at edges, a couple creases on beauty's face.

Scene from Izayoi Seishin, 1884 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Scene from Izayoi Seishin, 1884 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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