Comments - Terrific kabuki portrait of Ichikawa Danjuro IX as the otokodate or street knight Hanakawado no Sukeroku in the play "Sukeroku," one of the eighteen kabuki plays made famous by the Ichikawa Danjuro line of actors. He strikes a pose holding an umbrella in his extended hand, the other hand clenched into a fist. He wears a black kimono over a red under robe, a purple sash tied rakishly around his forehead. Cherry blossoms hang over head and the scene is bordered with the three concentric rice measure crest used by the actor. A bold image with the large colorful figure dominating the composition. Beautifully detailed with burnishing on the black kimono. The first time we've seen this great design.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - 14" x 28" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal centerfold. A couple small holes, repaired. Creasing, slight soiling. Please see photos for details.
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