Ichikawa Kuzo as the Ghost of Taira no Tomomori, 1891

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Ichikawa Kuzo as the Ghost of Taira no Tomomori, 1891 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ichikawa Kuzo as the Ghost of Taira no Tomomori, 1891

Comments - Fantastic kabuki portrait of Ichikawa Kuzo as the ghost of Taira no Tomomori, who tied himself to an anchor and leapt into the sea following his defeat at the Battle of Dan-no-ura against the Minamoto. The angry warrior wears a tunic patterned with the butterfly crest of the Taira clan over a suit of armor and brocade robe, and a tall court cap. He stares ahead with a tight-lipped frown, his brows furrowed as he grips a naginata. The figure is rendered in dark gray rather than black outlines to give it a ghostly presence. A terrific design, detailed with metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the butterflies and the blade of the naginata. The first time we have seen this Kunichika design.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 18 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Small loss at edge, a few holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few marks in margins. Please see photos for details

Ichikawa Kuzo as the Ghost of Taira no Tomomori, 1891 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Kuzo as the Ghost of Taira no Tomomori, 1891 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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