Onoe Kikugoro V as Soga Juro and Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kudo Suketsune

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Onoe Kikugoro V as Soga Juro and Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kudo Suketsune by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Onoe Kikugoro V as Soga Juro and Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kudo Suketsune

Series; One Hundred Roles of Baiko

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 Soga Juro and Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kudo Suketsune - Bold portrait of Baiko as Soga Juro, the eldest of the two famous Soga Brothers. Their father was killed when they were young children, and they grew up to avenge his death. Juro is dressed for hunting with a bow under his arm and a quiver of arrows at his back. He glares defiantly over his shoulder, his hair pulled back into a neat topknot. The inset above shows Ichikawa Danjuro as his sworn enemy, the nobleman Kudo Suketsune, the man who murdered his father. A handsome design with vibrant color and touches of burnishing and embossing.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.

Onoe Kikugoro V as Soga Juro and Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kudo Suketsune by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Onoe Kikugoro V as Soga Juro and Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kudo Suketsune by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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