The Pirate Kezori, 1874

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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The Pirate Kezori, 1874 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Pirate Kezori, 1874

Comments - Terrific scene from the popular kabuki play "Kezori," based on a true story of smugglers. Here, the fierce pirate Kezori threatens the young merchant Soshichi, who has witnessed his gang smuggling. Swinging an enormous hatchet with a flame painted on the blade, Kezori wears an incredible, exotic robe patterned with a dragon, and his wild hair and beard are an unusual reddish brown. At right, the courtesan Kojoro, Soshichi's lover, hides behind her kimono sleeve. A fantastic, bold composition with great large figures and vibrant color. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Gonjuro, Ichikawa Danjuro, and Kawarazaki Kunitaro. A great illustration from this classic play with wonderful fine line work in the hairstyles.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14 3/8" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A couple small holes at edge, repaired. Please see photos for details.

The Pirate Kezori, 1874 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Pirate Kezori, 1874 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)