Monk Wielding a Sword, 1854

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Monk Wielding a Sword, 1854 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Monk Wielding a Sword, 1854

Comments - Intriguing scene from the kabuki play "Azuma Kudari Gojusan Tsugi." In the center, a wooden beam crushes a gray-haired woman, who grimaces and flails her legs and arm, knocking over a kettle on the floor brazier in a cloud of smoke. The monk leans on the beam with one knee as grips a sword with one hand, removing the cloth cover with his other hand, a letter or poem slip caught between his teeth. At right, a man watches with a frown, sheltering the light from a lantern beneath his kimono sleeve. At left, the pilgrim Osen, who is actually the bandit Hitomaru Oroku looks on with a sly smile as she lifts her hat. The house is rundown with cracked and missing plaster, and snow covers the foliage and ground outside. The actors include Bando Shuka I as Osen (Hitomaru Oroku), Arashi Rikan III as Kannon-in Genan Kyusuke, and Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Kannon-in Deshi Husaku. A fascinating image with a wonderfully detailed setting.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14 3/8" x 19 1/2"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. Vertical fold at edge of each panel. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Monk Wielding a Sword, 1854 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Monk Wielding a Sword, 1854 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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