Comments - Great kabuki scene from the famous tale of the Soga Brothers, whose father was murdered by the nobleman Suketsune when they were young children. Here, the younger brother Goro confronts Suketsune at a New Year's Day celebration given by the daimyo, making clear his intention to avenge his father's death. Goro leans forward aggressively at left as he pushes up his sleeve, scowling at Suketsune. At right, the lord grimaces angrily as he stares back at the young samurai, wearing a striking black kimono patterned with dragons. Between them, Soga Juro watches with a worried frown, his eyes wide. The actors include Ichikawa Danjuro as Goro and Onoe Kikugoro as Juro. Works by Teisai Sencho are rarely seen on the market. Sencho was a student of Keisai Eisen, and is better known for his beauty prints that kabuki subject. A rare design with expressive figures, nicely detailed.
Artist - Sencho (active 1830 - 1850)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 30 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, small loss at corner, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and stains. Please see photos for details.
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