Female Bandit and Ninja, 1851

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Female Bandit and Ninja, 1851 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Female Bandit and Ninja, 1851

Comments - Fantastic scene from the kabuki play "Shinpan koshi no shiranami," performed at Ichimura Theater in 1851. Bando Shuka I appears at left as the magician Jiraiya, in reality the ghost of the female bandit Kishin Omatsu, surrounded by her gang of ninja. She clutches a small infant to her chest, smiling as she looks over her shoulder. She wears a beautiful black outer kimono patterned with pine sprigs and falling rain as she dances about on one foot. The ninja are dressed from head to toe in black, one carrying a lantern, and another armed with a large saw. At right, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII appears as the samurai Natsune Shirosaburo, holding onto the edge of a low folding screen. An incredible subject with fine expressive faces.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14" x 19 7/8"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. One wormhole and a few small holes, repaired, blends well. Soiling, slight rubbing near edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Female Bandit and Ninja, 1851 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Female Bandit and Ninja, 1851 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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