Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Watonai, 1896

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Watonai, 1896 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Watonai, 1896

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Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Watonai, 1896 - Great kabuki portrait from the play commonly known as "Kokusen'ya Gassen," which tells the story of the warrior Watonai traveling to China to help restore the Ming Dynasty. He asked his half-sister, Kinshojo, to plead his case with her husband, General Kanki. The scene shows Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Watonai lifting his hat above his head and holding a flaming torch as peers down at the water, waiting for a signal from Kinshojo. She was to release into the river either white pigment signaling success for his plan or red pigment indicating failure. However, instead of red pigment, the red was her own blood, as she committed suicide, having failed to convince her husband to assist Watonai in his scheme. A bold, atmospheric design with a few raindrops slanting down across the night sky.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/8"

Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Light stain. Please see photos for details.

Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Watonai, 1896 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Watonai, 1896 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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