Comments - Fantastic kabuki portrait of Ichikawa Sadanji I as the warrior Atsumi Goro in the play "Akamatsu Manyu Ume no Shirahata" (Akamatsu Manyu and the White Plum Banner), which premiered at the Shintomiza in 1879. He strikes a bold pose, strangely holding his sword behind him in a backwards grip, his other hand clenched in a fist before his chest. He wears a fine suit of armor over a print kimono, his long hair falling wildly over his shoulders, giving him a rather disheveled appearance. Two enormous crests fill the purple background behind him, each encircled with a wreath of bamboo and flowering plum branches. A terrific composition, vibrantly colored and detailed with burnishing in the armor, fine line work in the hair, and embossing in the white sash around his waist. A striking design.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 14" x 28 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal centerfold. Slight creasing and soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.