by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Series; One Hundred Roles of Baiko
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Onoe Kikugoro V as the Ghost of Okome and Onoe Kikunosuke as Shinsaburo, 1893 - Terrific kabuki design showing Baiko in a female role as the spirit of the maid Okome carrying a peony lantern, from the famous ghost story "The Peony Lantern" (Botan Doro). The beauty Otsuyu fell in love with the handsome young Shinsaburo. After she and her maidservant died suddenly, they visited the samurai each night as ghosts. He was unaware, however, that they had died, and the story ends tragically after he becomes romantically involved with the ghost of his former love. Dressed in gray, the servant grimly carries the lantern, a supernatural flame fluttering above her head. In the inset above, Onoe Kikunosuke plays Shinsaburo, peeking out from under the mosquito netting at the arrival of the ghostly visitors. A fantastic image from this dramatic tale, detailed with burnishing on the black obi.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning. Some prints have slight soiling or a few small spots. Please see photos for details. Generally in good condition overall.
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