Comments - Handsome kabuki illustration from the play commonly known as "Kirare Yosa." It tells the story of the dissolute young Yosaburo, who was captured during a tryst with a gang boss's mistress, Otomi, and slashed all over. After turning to a life of petty crime, the scarred young man is eventually reunited with his true love, Otomi, while trying to blackmail her with his fellow criminal, Yasu the Bat. At right, Otomi looks at Yosa with a sweet smile while he turns to Yasu the Bat, who holds his hands out, waiting for money. Yasu earned his nickname from the bat-shaped tattoo on his face. Yosaburo regards him with an angry frown, scars visible on his face and body. From left, the actors are Nakamura Nakazo, Ichikawa Danjuro, and Onoe Taganojo. Nice large colorful figures, with fine line work in the hair and Yosaburo's blue plaid kimono, and burnishing on Otomi's black collar and obi. The first time we've seen this Chikanobu triptych.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels. Vertical folds. Slight thinning at edge, a few small holes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.
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