Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kumonryu Shishin (Nine Tattooed Dragons)

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kumonryu Shishin (Nine Tattooed Dragons) by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kumonryu Shishin (Nine Tattooed Dragons)

Series; One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro IX

One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro IX - In 1893, Kunichika was commissioned to create the series "One Hundred Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro IX," depicting the kabuki star in his most famous roles, including many from classic kabuki dramas. These deluxe prints feature a half-length portrait of Danjuro IX, usually against a solid ground or with gold clouds across the top of the page. The simple backgrounds focus all attention on the expressive figures and colorful costumes. A rectangular inset includes a poem or small image, while the peonies framing the title cartouche are associated with the actor. These lavish images were printed to the highest standards, using expensive techniques and materials such as burnishing, embossing, and mica. The series was finally completed in 1903. This outstanding series is considered one of Kunichika's greatest works, making the subjects wonderful additions to a kabuki collection or for a collector of Kunichika prints.

Special detail - Burnishing on the iron strips of the club, embossing on the white waist sash at lower left.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Small losses at corner, a few small holes, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing. Please see photos for details.

Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kumonryu Shishin (Nine Tattooed Dragons) by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Kumonryu Shishin (Nine Tattooed Dragons) by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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