The Subscription List, 1887

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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The Subscription List, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Subscription List, 1887

Comments - Fantastic scene from the famous kabuki play "The Subscription List" (Kanjincho) which tells the story of how Yoshitsune Minamoto and his faithful retainer Benkei, the warrior-monk, led his men across the border disguised as monks. The aristocrat Togashi, shown here in a blue kimono patterned with cranes, is charged with intercepting the party. They tell him they are collecting funds for temple restoration, so Togashi asks Benkei to read a list of the contributors. Thinking quickly, Benkei reads a fake subscription list from a scroll. Here, Benkei angrily snatches the scroll away from the prying eyes of Togashi. The young Yoshitsune sits calmly at left, a walking staff resting against his shoulder. Nakamura Fukusuke plays Yoshitsune and Ichikawa Danjuro appears as Benkei. Includes burnishing on the black caps and Benkei's black robe. Nice full length figures with expressive faces, and interesting calligraphic brushwork suggesting a background of pine trees and shrubs.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 14" x 27 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Good color and detail. A few repairs, wrinkling throughout.

The Subscription List, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
The Subscription List, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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