Nakamura Nakazo I as Kudo Suketsune, circa 1778

by Shunsho (1726 - 1792)

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Nakamura Nakazo I as Kudo Suketsune, circa 1778 by Shunsho (1726 - 1792)

Original Shunsho (1726 - 1792) Japanese Woodblock Print
Nakamura Nakazo I as Kudo Suketsune, circa 1778

Comments - Terrific 18th century kabuki portrait of Nakamura Nakazo I as Kudo Suketsune, the villainous nobleman in the famous tale of the Soga Brothers. He stares over his shoulder with a tight-lipped frown, his brows furrowed as he grips a short sword. His yellow and gray striped kimono features delicately embossed butterflies, tucked into long pants that trail beneath his feet. A great expressive figure by this master kabuki portraitist.

Artist - Shunsho (1726 - 1792)

Image Size - 12 3/4" x 5 3/4"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Remnants of paper hinge mounts on reverse at top corner. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and spots. Ink notation on reverse. Please see photos for details.

Nakamura Nakazo I as Kudo Suketsune, circa 1778 by Shunsho (1726 - 1792)
Nakamura Nakazo I as Kudo Suketsune, circa 1778 by Shunsho (1726 - 1792)