Cat Witch, 1880

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Cat Witch, 1880 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Cat Witch, 1880

Comments - Incredible scene from a kabuki play about a cat witch, based on the tale "Saga no oku Yomyo Kidan." The beautiful Otoyo was the lover of the daimyo Namashima Taishu. A cat witch that held a grudge against Taishu killed the beauty, who was then possessed by the creature's spirit. Here, the witch's true nature appears as she begins to turn into a cat with large protruding ears and dark hair flowing wildly about her head. She looks to the side in with a worried expression, surrounded by several samurai who draw their weapons, ready to attack. A giant cat monster peers through a reed blind behind them, snarling, its glowing eyes wide. The actors are Ichikawa Gonjuro, Suketakaya Takasuke, Sawamura Yanosuke, Sawamura Kumazo, and Bando [?]. A fantastic image from this legendary story, detailed with fine line work in the hair and lively color, and a burnished geometric pattern in the black kimono. A terrific choice for a collector interested in supernatural Japanese tales.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight toning and creasing, a few small marks. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Cat Witch, 1880 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Cat Witch, 1880 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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