Armor Pulling Scene from the Soga Brothers, Kusazuribiki

by Kiyomasu I (active circa 1696 - 1716)

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Armor Pulling Scene from the Soga Brothers, Kusazuribiki by Kiyomasu I (active circa 1696 - 1716)

Kiyomasu I (active circa 1696 - 1716) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Armor Pulling Scene from the Soga Brothers, Kusazuribiki

Comments - Lively kabuki print of the impetuous Soga Goro, the younger of the famous Soga Brothers, struggling with his friend, Asahina, at the water's edge. When Goro learned that his older brother, Juro, might be in danger, he tried to rush to his defense, only to be held back by the strongman Asahina, who ending up ripping off a plate of his armor. Goro tosses Asahina's robe above his head with an enraged grimace as his opponent reaches through a gap in the side of a wooden boat to take hold of his armor. The actors are Ichikawa Danzo and Otani Hiro. A dramatic design from the early years of hand-colored woodblock prints. Printed on a light tan paper to simulate an aged appearance.

Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.

Artist - Kiyomasu I (active circa 1696 - 1716)

Image Size - 21 1/8" x 12 5/8"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two attached panels. A few creases at edges. Please note: folded by publisher for storage, may be shipped folded, could be flattened to frame. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Armor Pulling Scene from the Soga Brothers, Kusazuribiki by Kiyomasu I (active circa 1696 - 1716)
Armor Pulling Scene from the Soga Brothers, Kusazuribiki by Kiyomasu I (active circa 1696 - 1716)