Chinese Beauties and Japanese Visitors, 1872

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Chinese Beauties and Japanese Visitors, 1872 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Chinese Beauties and Japanese Visitors, 1872

Comments - Interesting kabuki scene that appears to be an updated version of the play "Kokusenya Gassen," a tale about a warrior traveling to China to enlist the aid of a general to restore the Ming Dynasty. In the center, the Princess Kinshojo smiles at the Japanese man at left. He glares down at the small boy tugging on his sleeve. At right, another Chinese beauty looks up at another guest, who frowns back at her angrily, a hat in his hand. Both men are dressed in the latest Meiji era fashions, wearing Western style button down jackets, their hair cropped short. The women are dressed in exotic robe trimmed with ruffled collars. The windows behind them open onto a garden with palm trees and blossoming peonies. The center panel features Sawamura Tanosuke while the right panel includes Kawarazaki Kintaro as the beauty and Bando Hikosaburo. A fascinating triptych with large colorful figures and a handsome setting. The first time we've offered this Chikanobu subject.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28" + top margin as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small wormhole at edge. Slight soiling, a few marks. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Chinese Beauties and Japanese Visitors, 1872 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Chinese Beauties and Japanese Visitors, 1872 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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