The Soga Brothers Confront Suketsune, 1860

by Toyokuni I/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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The Soga Brothers Confront Suketsune, 1860 by Toyokuni I/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni I/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Soga Brothers Confront Suketsune, 1860

Comments - Great kabuki scene from the famous tale of the Soga Brothers, two samurai who avenged their father's death at the hands of the nobleman Kudo Saemon Suketsune. Here, the brothers confront the murderer during a New Year's Day party. At left, Soga Goro Tokimune thrusts a tray holding what appears to be a broken hatchet and a whetstone at Suketsune, scowling as he looks the other direction. The daimyo stares back at him with a tight-lipped frown. At right, Soga no Juro Sukenari grins evilly as he looks up, a tray in his hand containing a square rule and other objects. Traditional decorations for the holiday hang overhead, and young pine trees can be seen beyond the railing of the room. From left, the actors are Kawarazaki Gonjuro I, Ichikawa Ichizo III, and Nakamura Shikan IV. An interesting design.

Artist - Toyokuni I/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 3/4"

Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Two separate panels, backed with paper. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, small loss at edge, repaired. Slight rubbing. Please see photos for details.

The Soga Brothers Confront Suketsune, 1860 by Toyokuni I/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
The Soga Brothers Confront Suketsune, 1860 by Toyokuni I/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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