The Five Best Otokodate, 1887

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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The Five Best Otokodate, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Five Best Otokodate, 1887

Comments - Fantastic kabuki illustration featuring five chivalrous men, otokodate or street knights who protected people from outlaw samurai. They are all fashionably dressed in fine kimono, with patterns of a dragon, phoenix, swallows, and bamboo, with a towel or cloth around their shoulders. Each is armed with a single sword tucked into his waist sash. Large kanji characters form a bold backdrop. From left, the actors are Nakamura Shikan, Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danjuro, Ichikawa Sadanji, Onoe Kikugoro, and Nakamura Fukusuke. A terrific image with expressive figures, lively color, and fine detail.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14" x 28 1/2"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Faint lines where backing papers meet. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details. This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Faint lines where backing papers meet. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details. This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Faint lines where backing papers meet. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details. This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Faint lines where backing papers meet. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details. This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Faint lines where backing papers meet. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots. Please see photos for details.

The Five Best Otokodate, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Five Best Otokodate, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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