New Play at the Kabukiza: Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura, 1896

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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New Play at the Kabukiza: Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura, 1896 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
New Play at the Kabukiza: Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura, 1896

Comments - Handsome scene from the kabuki play "Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura" at the Kabukiza or Kabuki Theater in Tokyo. The otokodate or street knight Sukeroku at left and the elderly daimyo Ikyu at right are rivals for the affection of the beautiful courtesan Agemaki, who stands between them. Sukeroku looks up at her with a frown as he leans forward, one sleeve of his black kimono pushed down to reveal a red under robe. He has a purple invalid's sash around his forehead, a symbol of his lovesickness for Agemaki. The beauty looks back at him with a faint smile, wearing a fantastic lavender kimono patterned with a carp leaping up a waterfall over a red under robe, tied with a black peony print obi. At right, Ikyu watches the couple with a tightlipped frown, his arms firmly folded across his chest, his robe decorated with dragons. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Danjuro IX, Nakamura Fukusuke IV, and Nakamura Shikan IV. A great design with large colorful figures, beautifully detailed with burnishing on the black kimono, and embossed pattern on Agemaki's white collar, and embossing on the white hair and beard.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 3/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. A few creases at edges.

New Play at the Kabukiza: Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura, 1896 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
New Play at the Kabukiza: Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura, 1896 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
New Play at the Kabukiza: Sukeroku Yukari no Edo Zakura, 1896 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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