Comments - Fantastic kabuki portrait of Ichikawa Kodanji as the monk Kozen in a scene from the play commonly known as the "Higashiyama Storybook." In the drama, the mayor Asakura Togo bypassed the corrupt local authority Lord Orikoshi Masatomo to petition the Shogun directly for tax relief for his village, an act punishable by death. The monk Kozen had been praying for leniency for Togo's case, but without success. When Togo and his wife were forced to watch their children be killed before being killed themselves, Kozen's rage transformed him into a demon to haunt the Lord Masatomo. Here, after learning the news he reacts with an enraged grimace as flames and smoke drift into the night sky, tear apart the book of sutras in his hands. He wears a delicately embossed yellow robe over a white kimono and under robe with embossed collar and trim. A fantastic large, expressive figure. The first time we've seen this design.
Artist - Toyokuni/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A few creases and small marks. Please see photos for details.
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