Comments - Dramatic kabuki portrait of Onoe Kikugoro V as the robber and murderer Shirai Gonpachi attacking a gang member who is trying to capture him for the reward. The ronin raises his sword above his head with angry determination, his lips tightly closed in a frown, as he forces the gang member to the ground before him. The scene takes place at Suzu-ga-mori, the execution grounds outside Edo, and a palanquin being carried by bearers is just visible against the trees in gray silhouette at left, a faint glowing coming from a paper lantern. A stone marker at right is covered with red writing. A bold image with the large figure dominating the scene. Beautifully detailed with fine line work in the hair, a dusting of mica across the top of the night sky, and a burnished cloud pattern in the black obi.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 27 5/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Toning. Please see photos for details.
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