One Hundred Roles of Baiko - In 1893, Kunichika was commissioned to create the series "One Hundred Roles of Baiko," chronicling the diverse characters played by the famous actor Onoe Kikugoro V, whose pen name was "Baiko." These fantastic prints feature a large portrait of Kikugoro V in one of his major roles, along with a small scene showing a supporting actor from the same play. These exquisite images were printed to the highest standards, using expensive techniques and materials such as burnishing, embossing, and mica. Beautifully drawn and composed, each print demonstrates Kunichika's skill in creating expressive characters, bringing each role to life on the page. A great choice for a kabuki enthusiast or Kunichika collector.
Onoe Kikugoro V as Nezumi Kozo and Bando Mitsugoro as Matsuyama - Terrific image of Baiko portraying the famous real-life thief Nezumi Kozo disguised as Takasaki Beian. Nezumi Kozo translates roughly as "Little Rat Boy," and he was known as the Japanese Robin Hood, stealing from wealthy samurai during the Edo period. He wears a beautifully embossed white fur coat, and looks over his shoulder with a solemn expression, frowning slightly. His head is wrapped in a black cloth against the cold winter air, and he holds an umbrella in his hand. The inset above shows a young girl peeping around the shoulder of Bando Mitsugoro as the beauty Matsuyama, dressed in a colorful kimono. A fantastic image with excellent detail, including burnishing on the black kimono collar.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Vertical fold at side. Slight toning and soiling, slight rubbing and staining at edges. Please see photos for details.
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