Scene from Koko ga Edo Koude no Tatehiki, 1863

by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

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Scene from Koko ga Edo Koude no Tatehiki, 1863 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Original Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Koko ga Edo Koude no Tatehiki, 1863

Comments - Dramatic kabuki scene from the play "Koko ga Edo Koude no Tatehiki" at the Ichimura Theater of a swordfight taking place on a wooden bridge. At right, the commoner Udeno Kisaburo glides on a boat under the low bridge grips a sword in one hand as he leans forward with a nervous expression. His other arm has been amputated, the stump tied with a white cloth. He wears a white pilgrim's robe and has a string of prayer beads draped around his torso, his long hair flowing loosely over his shoulders. In the center, his opponent Akebono Genta kneels on the bridge eying him with a strange expression, drawing back his weapon to strike while throwing his other hand out. At lower right, Otori Ippei watches the opponent carefully, wielding his sword with both hands. He, too, seems anxious and distraught, as is the bystander at left, the commoner Maboroshi Chozo with a tattoo across his shoulders and arms, holding a bamboo pole. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Kuzo III, Ichimura Kakitsu, Ichikawa Kodanji IV (top right), and Kataoka Juzo 1 (bottom right). Nice fine line work in the faces and hair. A fascinating confrontation, with wonderfully expressive figures and an unusual setting.

Artist - Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, repaired.

Scene from Koko ga Edo Koude no Tatehiki, 1863 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Scene from Koko ga Edo Koude no Tatehiki, 1863 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

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