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Danshichi Kurobei by 20th century artist (not translated)

Original 20th century Japanese Woodblock Print
Danshichi Kurobei

Comments - Fantastic portrait of an actor in the role of Danshichi Kurobei, a fishmonger from the city of Sakai who committed murder during the winter of 1697 and hid the body in the snow. The popular kabuki play "Natsu Matsuri Naniwa Kagami" was based on this true story, although the setting was changed to summer. This incredible image shows the bare-chested Danshichi standing with his sword behind his back. His entire upper body is covered with an amazing tattoo depicting the Buddhist deity Fudo Myoo. The imposing Fudo holds a sword upright in one hand and a rope in the other, surrounded by swirling clouds and orange flames. A waterfall and blossom's are visible on the rogue's right thigh, his checked kimono wrapped loosely about his waist. His long hair flows over his shoulders, and he scowls as he looks ahead, his brows furrowed. A terrific modern kabuki subject, the expressive figure beautifully detailed and colored, with handsome wood grain impression in the softly shaded background. A wonderful choice for a kabuki enthusiast.

Artist - 20th century artist (not translated)

Image Size - 15 3/8" x 10 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Light toning and spotting. Seal on reverse. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Danshichi Kurobei by 20th century artist (not translated)
Danshichi Kurobei by 20th century artist (not translated)

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