Comments - Dramatic scene of Onoe Kikugoro as the nun Osono attacking Keyamura Rokusuke with a knife from a play at the Kabukiza or Kabuki Theater in Tokyo. A former martial arts student, Rokusuke became a farmer after his master was murdered. He had taken in a boy who was found at the scene of the crime, unaware that the child was his master's grandson, hanging the child's kimono outside his house in hopes that his family would see it and be reunited with the boy. One day, a woman disguised as a traveling nun saw the robe, and immediately tried to kill Rokusuke. She was actually Osono, the daughter of his master, who mistakenly believed that Rokusuke had killed her father because he had his grandson's kimono. She raises the blade high above her head as Rokusuke uses a folding screen decorated with gourds and vines as a shield. Osono wears a black Buddhist nun's mantle over a purple kimono patterned with flowers. A bold design with large colorful figures.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - 14" x 27 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, right panel backed with paper. Slight toning, curling, and ink bleeding, a few stains. Please see photos for details.
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