Princess Yuki and a Dragon Appearing, 1873

by Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)

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Princess Yuki and a Dragon Appearing, 1873 by Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)

Original Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882) Japanese Woodblock Print
Princess Yuki and a Dragon Appearing, 1873

Comments - Terrific illustration from the kabuki play that takes place at the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto. The evil samurai Daizen has been holding the lovely Princess Yuki against her will, trying to force her to paint a dragon on the ceiling of the Golden Pavilion. The daughter of a famous artist, Yuki refuses the task, as well as his unwanted advances. As he threatens her with his sword, a dragon appears in the rushing waterfall, the spirit of the dragon that taught Princess Yuki's father the secret of painting, coming to her aid. Daizen scowls unhappily as he looks up, his hair sticking up atop his head with longer hair combed back over his shoulder. He wears a striking black kimono patterned with a dragon, flames, and colorful clouds. At right, the samurai Tokichi, who is secretly the great warrior Hisayoshi, pretends to want to work for Daizen, but then rescues the princess. Tokichi stares at him with a tight-lipped frown, his hand resting atop the hilt of his sword. From left, the actors are Sawamura Tossho, Nakamura Shikan, and Bando Hikosaburo. A dramatic subject and a great interpretation of this classic kabuki tale.

Artist - Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 1/2"

Condition - Nice color and detail. Vertical and horizontal folds. A few repairs, wrinkling throughout.

Princess Yuki and a Dragon Appearing, 1873 by Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)
Princess Yuki and a Dragon Appearing, 1873 by Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)

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