Fire: Kiyohime, 1869

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Fire: Kiyohime, 1869 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Fire: Kiyohime, 1869

Series; Matches for the Five Elements

Fire: Kiyohime, 1869 - Great kabuki portrait of Kiyohime, a beauty who had fallen in love with a young monk named Anchin at Dojo Temple. After she declared her love for him, the devoted monk rebuffed her and fled to the temple. She was so distraught that she pursued him and was stopped on her way to the temple by the Hidaka River. Her passion was so intense that she changed into a serpent to swim across the river to reach the temple, where Anchin had hidden beneath a large bell. Her passion turned to rage, and in serpent form she coiled around the bell pouring fire from her mouth until the bell melted and the priest burned to death. Here, she clings to a tree, her wet hair falling limply over her shoulders as she looks to the side with a strange smile. An orange flame appears in the night sky behind her. A handsome image from this famous play commonly known as "Dojoji," from a rarely seen Kunichika series.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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

Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. A few creases, slight rubbing at edge. Please see photos for details.

Fire: Kiyohime, 1869 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Fire: Kiyohime, 1869 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)