by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Comments - Bold portrait of the famous pirate Kezori striking a pose on the deck of his ship from the kabuki play "Kezori," based on a true story of smugglers. He stares to the side with a determined frown as he balances one hand atop an ornate pipe. He is dressed in an exotic purple shirt patterned with dragons and trimmed with a ruffled collar, a heavy red robe draped over his shoulder. His longer hair sticks out atop his head, giving him a somewhat disheveled appearance. At left, the frightened courtesan Kojoro cowers behind her sleeve, wearing a brightly colored kimono with an embossed white collar. Detailed with metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on Kezori's collar, buttons, and pipe. A terrific dramatic image.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Slight soiling, a few creases, offsetting, slight rubbing and glue residue in right panel with slight wrinkling. Please see photos for details.
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