Ichimura Kakitsu as Omatsuri Sashichi, 1861 - Fantastic kabuki portrait of Ichimura Kakitsu as the fireman Omatsuri Sashichi, clenching the blade of a large knife between his teeth. After learning that their families are enemies, Sashichi's sweetheart, Koito, decides to break off their relationship. In a fit of rage, Sashichi kills her with a kitchen knife. He wears a sleeveless black undergarment that shows off his upper body tattoo featuring a boy surrounded by chrysanthemum blossoms, a reference to the folktale of the Chrysanthemum Boy, who drank from a chrysanthemum-scented mountain stream which gave him eternal youth. The large morning glory blossoms filling the background were designed in Shijo-style by Kyosui. A striking design, beautifully detailed. The first time we've offered this rare Yoshitoshi design.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 14" x 9 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Loss with repair to eye area. Small losses at corners, a few holes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and wrinkling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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