Scene from Kokusenya Kassen, 1887

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Scene from Kokusenya Kassen, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Kokusenya Kassen, 1887

Comments - Great scene from the kabuki play "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 bearded Kanki watches solemnly at left, wearing an exotic robe trimmed with a ruffle collar and holding a fan with a fly whisk. From left, the actors are Kataoka Gado III and Ichikawa Danjuro IX. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the black kimono trim and embossing on Kanki's white sash.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 3/8" x 18"

Condition - Excellent color and detail. Backed with paper. Vertical centerfolds.

Scene from Kokusenya Kassen, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Scene from Kokusenya Kassen, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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