Rat: Nikki Danjo and Arajishi Otokonosuke, 1852

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Rat: Nikki Danjo and Arajishi Otokonosuke, 1852 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Rat: Nikki Danjo and Arajishi Otokonosuke, 1852

Series; Selection for the Twelve Signs, 1852
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Rat: Nikki Danjo and Arajishi Otokonosuke, 1852 - Terrific scene from a great Kuniyoshi series pairing actor portraits with the signs of the zodiac. Appropriately for the sign of the rat, Ichikawa Ebizo V appears as Nikki Danjo, an evil magician who transformed himself into a giant rat to steal an important scroll. He is shown dressed in a gray robe gripping the scroll between his teeth. Behind him, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII performs the role of the loyal retainer Arajishi Otokonosuke, who bravely attacked Danjo in rat from, striking the creature on the head with his fan. The bloody spot between Danjo's eyes is the wound from that blow. The title cartouche in the upper right is surrounded with black and white rats. A great design from the popular play "Date kurabe okuni kabuki."

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/4"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at sides from previous mounting. Small indented line on face, small indent on hand. Please see photos for details.

Rat: Nikki Danjo and Arajishi Otokonosuke, 1852 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Rat: Nikki Danjo and Arajishi Otokonosuke, 1852 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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