Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Benten Kozo, 1867

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

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Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Benten Kozo, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Benten Kozo, 1867

Series; The Tokaido Road: One Look Worth a Thousand Ryo

The Tokaido Road: One Look Worth a Thousand Ryo - Handsome design from a collaborative series pairing kabuki actors with stations on the famed Tokaido Road. Large, half-length figures are separated by a border of clouds from the landscape views above, with Kunichika providing the portraits and Hiroshige III the Tokaido views. The ryo in the series title was a unit of gold currency used prior to the Meiji era. The large expressive figures are nicely set off by the attractive landscape backgrounds. A rarely seen series.

Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Benten Kozo - The actor is in the role of the thief Benten Kozo, who was disguised as a beauty during a plot to extort money from a shopkeeper. The storekeeper caught a glimpse of the cherry blossom tattoo on Kozo's arm, though, which convinced him that the beauty was actually a man wearing women's clothes. A great design detailed with light embossing on the white kimono collar.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9"

Condition - Good detail. Vertical centerfold, horizontal fold near top. A couple small repairs and creases.

Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Benten Kozo, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Benten Kozo, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

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