Scene from Kokusen'ya Gassen, 1887

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Scene from Kokusen'ya Gassen, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Kokusen'ya Gassen, 1887

Comments - Terrific kabuki illustration from the drama "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 as Watonai at center, holding a flaming torch as he waits 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 comes from her own blood as she commits suicide because of her failure to assist Watonai. She stands at right with a sorrowful expression as she pours the bowl of blood into the river below. Watonai holds his hat aloft as he peers down at the water, his red stage makeup and flared wig adding to his imposing appearance. The bearded general stands solemnly at left, while his elderly, white-haired mother frowns at her daughter-in-law. From left, the actors are Kataoka Gado, Ichikawa Danjuro, Kawarazaki Kunitaro, and Nakamura Fukusuke. Nice large expressive figures with beautiful color and detail in the exotic costumes and setting. Includes burnishing on the black kimono trim and Watonai's armor.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical fold at side. Please see photos for details.

Scene from Kokusen'ya Gassen, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Scene from Kokusen'ya Gassen, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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