Ichikawa Sadanji in the role of Tennichibo, 1874

by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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Ichikawa Sadanji in the role of Tennichibo, 1874 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Original Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ichikawa Sadanji in the role of Tennichibo, 1874

Series; Short Kodan Stories (Kodan isseki yomikiri)

Ichikawa Sadanji in the role of Tennichibo, 1874 - Interesting kabuki scene from the tale of Tennichibo, a yamabushi or mountain priest who came to Edo claiming that he was the illegitimate son of the Shogun Tokugawa Yoritomo based on a sword and a document in his possession. Based on a true story, he was proven to be an imposter and was executed. Here, he wrings water from his kimono after climbing onto a rock in the midst of undulating waves, a cloth-wrapped parcel clenched between his teeth and his wet hair streaming around his face. At upper right, an open book features a kodan or short story about the subject. A dramatic design, beautifully detailed, including a dusting of mica across the top of the night sky.

Artist - Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 7/8"

Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper. Light rippling, vertical crease at side.

Ichikawa Sadanji in the role of Tennichibo, 1874 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)
Ichikawa Sadanji in the role of Tennichibo, 1874 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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