Scene from Kokusenya Kassen

by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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Scene from Kokusenya Kassen by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Kokusenya Kassen

Comments - Great scene from the kabuki play commonly known as "Kokusenya Kassen" at the Ichimura Theater, which tells the story of the warrior Watonai's attempt to restore the Ming Dynasty in China. He asked his half-sister Kinshojo to plead his case with her husband, General Kanki. She was to pour pigment into the river, either white signaling success for his plan, or red for failure. Here, Watonai lifts his hat leans over to watch for the signal, a flaming torch in his other hand. Unbeknownst to him, the red pigment is actually Kinshojo's blood, who has committed suicide for her failure. The beauty appears at right with the bowl in her hand, a sober expression on her face as she looks over her shoulder. Red ruffles trim her robe, and she wears a headdress topped with a phoenix figurine. Nice large colorful figures from this popular drama.

Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Image Size - 13 1/2" x 18"

Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper. Vertical folds. Repair, a few wrinkles, slight rippling.

Scene from Kokusenya Kassen by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Scene from Kokusenya Kassen by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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