Nakamitsu's Substitutes His Only Son, Kojumaru, 1884 - Moving kabuki scene from a tale about Bijomaru, the errant son of Minamoto no Mitsunaga. Bijomaru was sent to a temple to become a priest, but he neglected his studies to practice swordsmanship. Greatly angered, Mitsunaga ordered his faithful retainer Nakamitsu to kill Bijomaru, but Nakamitsu could not bear to do it. Instead, he sacrificed his only son, Kojumaru. When he learned what had happened, Bijomaru converted and became a well-known priest, founding a temple in Kojumaru's honor. Here, Nakamitsu and his son share their last few minutes together, the boy calmly accepting his fate. His mother watches from behind a screen at left with a sad expression, while the angry Mitsunaga scowls at right. From left, the actors are Suketakaya Takasuke, Ichikawa Kintaro, Ichikawa Danjuro, and Ichikawa Sadanji. Includes a burnished check pattern on the black areas of Nakamitsu's kimono, burnishing on the black court cap, and accents of metallic pigment that have oxidized to a dark tone. The first time we've seen this Chikanobu triptych.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 28 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few creases, stain (offsetting from metallic pigment). Please see photos for details.
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