Courtesan Akoya Playing the Kokyu

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Courtesan Akoya Playing the Kokyu by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Courtesan Akoya Playing the Kokyu

Series; Select Series of Book Titles, 1847-1848
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Courtesan Akoya Playing the Kokyu - Handsome Kuniyoshi print of a scene from the kabuki play "Dan-no-ura kabuto Gunki." The lovely courtesan Akoya, mistress of the warrior Taira Kagekiyo, who escaped following the Battle of Dan-no-ura, was kidnapped for questioning to reveal her lover's whereabouts. The Genji commander Shigetada forced her to play three instruments to test her honesty after she said she did not know his location. Her playing was so pure and sincere, that Shigetada realized she was telling the truth. In this scene, Akoya performs on the kokyu, an instrument similar to a shamisen but played with a bow. The uncouth villain Iwanaga, who is slumped over the brazier at right in a bored manner, watches the performance reluctantly. From left, the actors are Onoe Kikujiro II, and Onoe Tamizo II. A terrific image from this classic play with expressive figures and a nicely detailed setting.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14 1/2" x 9 3/4"

Condition - With excellent color and detail. Some light soiling and rubbing at edges. A few small holes, repaired. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Courtesan Akoya Playing the Kokyu by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Courtesan Akoya Playing the Kokyu by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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