Sukeroku and Agemaki, 1872

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Sukeroku and Agemaki, 1872 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sukeroku and Agemaki, 1872

Comments - Terrific illustration from the kabuki play "Sukeroku," the tale of the young street knight Hanakawado Sukeroku, who is actually one of the Soga brothers in disguise. Here Sukeroku, easily recognized by the purple sash tied rakishly around his head, stares defiantly at the beautiful courtesan Agemaki. She smiles back at him happily, holding a roll of tissues to her chin. She wears a striking black kimono with a carp leaping up a waterfall on the back. The sake seller Shirozake Uri stands at left, grinning as he grips a wooden yoke. From left, the actors are Nakamura Kanjaku, Kawarazaki Mimasu, and Iwai Hanshiro. A handsome design with large, vibrantly colored figures set against a deep blue night sky, with cherry blossoms framing the scene overhead.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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

Condition - Nice color and good detail. Diagonal fold in left panel, a couple creases.

Sukeroku and Agemaki, 1872 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Sukeroku and Agemaki, 1872 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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