Onoe Kikugoro V in the Role of Asao no Tsubone, circa 1874

by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

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Onoe Kikugoro V in the Role of Asao no Tsubone, circa 1874 by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Original Ginko (active 1874 - 1897) Japanese Woodblock Print
Onoe Kikugoro V in the Role of Asao no Tsubone, circa 1874

Series; An Evening of Storytelling; More Stories

Onoe Kikugoro V in the Role of Asao no Tsubone, circa 1874 - Fantastic kabuki portrait of the actor Onoe Kikugoro V as Lady Asao, her body entwined with wriggling snakes with glowing eyes and hissing tongues. Supposedly after murdering a feudal lord, she was sentenced to death and thrown in a pit filled with poisonous snakes. She grasps a serpent wrapped around her arm, a strand of hair caught between her dark lips. Her ghastly blue face and long loose hair indicate that she is a ghost. Incredibly detailed with fine line work in the hair and soft shading on her face, plus faint embossing on the white kimono and the light blue robe at right. An outstanding supernatural subject based on a popular story, with a dramatic composition. A terrific choice for a collector interested in ghost stories.

Artist - Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 3/8"

Condition - Excellent color and detail.

Onoe Kikugoro V in the Role of Asao no Tsubone, circa 1874 by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)
Onoe Kikugoro V in the Role of Asao no Tsubone, circa 1874 by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

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