Suketakaya Takasuke IV as Inuzuka Shino, 1883

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Suketakaya Takasuke IV as Inuzuka Shino, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Suketakaya Takasuke IV as Inuzuka Shino, 1883

Series; A Parody of the Hakkenden

A Parody of the Hakkenden - Kunichika's series "A Parody of the Hakkenden" presents kabuki actors as the Eight Dog Heroes from the epic novel "The Biography of Nanso Satomi and the Eight Dog Heroes" (Nanso Satomi Hakkenden). These great samurai were the mystical offspring of Fusehime, the daughter of Lord Anzai of the Satomi Clan, and a dog. The brothers were raised by different families and did not meet until later during their many adventures. These bold images feature warriors in dramatic action scenes with striking compositions, each with a scalloped-shaped inset at the top depicting a location for the scene. They are beautifully detailed with fine line work in the hair and bokashi shading in the background, and many include deluxe treatments such as burnishing, embossing, metallic pigments, or a dusting of mica. These dynamic designs are a great choice for a collector interested in the samurai tradition, and are rarely seen on the market.

Suketakaya Takasuke IV as Inuzuka Shino, 1883 - Great kabuki portrait of Suketakaya Takasuke IV as Inuzuka Shino fighting top the roof of Horyukaku from the "Hakkenden," the tale of the Eight Dog Warriors. He raises his sword above his head with both hands, one foot resting atop a roof ornament called a shachihoko, a mythological creature with a tiger's head and the body of a carp. A scalloped inset behind the figure at upper right shows red paper lanterns on poles beneath a full moon. The first time we've seen this dramatic design.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/8" + margin as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Vertical creases, a few small repairs.

Suketakaya Takasuke IV as Inuzuka Shino, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Suketakaya Takasuke IV as Inuzuka Shino, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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