Five Present-day Chivalrous Men

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Five Present-day Chivalrous Men by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Five Present-day Chivalrous Men

Comments - Handsome kabuki depiction of five contemporary men involved in the Satsuma Rebellion in the guise of chivalrous men, otokodate or street knights. In the center, Saigo Takamori, who led the rebel samurai, wears a purple kimono patterned with sparrows and ropes attached to noisemakers to frighten the birds away from crops. The fellow at right has a blue violet kimono with a design of a rooster with colorful tail feathers trailing over the sleeve. The men exchange unhappy glances, each frowning or scowling angrily. Notice the variety of hairstyles illustrated, many in the cropped fashion newly popular during the Meiji era. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Danjuro IX, Ichikawa Sadanji I as Murata Shinpachi, Nakamura Shikan IV, Onoe Kikugoro V as Shinohara Kunimoto, and Bando Hikosaburo V as Kirino Toshiaki. Nice vibrant color in the clothing and shaded background, with burnishing in the black collars.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 1/2"

Condition - Excellent color and detail. Small loss and thinning at edges, repaired. Horizontal ripples, light creasing.

Five Present-day Chivalrous Men by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Five Present-day Chivalrous Men by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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