Royal Guests Viewing a Kabuki Performance, 1887

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Royal Guests Viewing a Kabuki Performance, 1887 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Royal Guests Viewing a Kabuki Performance, 1887

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Royal Guests Viewing a Kabuki Performance, 1887 - Terrific illustration of the Meiji Emperor and Empress viewing a private kabuki performance. The royal couple sits in armchairs flanking a table covered with a red floral cloth, the emperor's cap resting on it. The emperor wears a black military uniform with medals pinned to his chest, and green leather gloves. The empress is dressed in the latest European fashions, wearing a bustled black dress and a bonnet trimmed with a lace ruffle, flowers, and pink feathers. The actors present a scene called the "Traveling Hand Drum Dance" from the beloved play "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura" featuring the beauty Shizuka Gozen and the samurai Tadanobu, who is actually a magic fox in disguise. A fantastic image with lively color and wonderful detail, including burnishing in the black uniform.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28"

Condition - Nice color and detail. A few repairs, diagonal fold at top of right panel, small indented mark on background.

Royal Guests Viewing a Kabuki Performance, 1887 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Royal Guests Viewing a Kabuki Performance, 1887 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Royal Guests Viewing a Kabuki Performance, 1887 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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