Robber and Pilgrim, 1896

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Robber and Pilgrim, 1896 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Robber and Pilgrim, 1896

Comments - Fantastic illustration from the kabuki play "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri," which tells the story of a young robber named Ishikawa Goemon, who attempts to kill Mashiba Hisayoshi, who was responsible for the death of his father and adoptive father. Here, Ishikawa Danjuro portrays Goemon, boldly posed on the verandah of Nazenji Temple, drawing his sword as he realizes that the pilgrim standing below is indeed his enemy Hisayoshi. His intended victim frowns up at him, wearing a white pilgrim's vest with a string of prayer slips around his neck and a water dipper in hand. A terrific, dramatic composition with Goemon's large figure dominating the scene against the vibrant red of the temple doors. His black robe is burnished and dusted with mica, and Hisayoshi's vest and straw hat are both delicately embossed. A memorable image from this popular tale.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14 1/8” x 28 3/4” + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Some soiling. Please see photos for details. Good condition.

Robber and Pilgrim, 1896 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Robber and Pilgrim, 1896 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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