Shintomi Theater: The Satsuma Rebellion, 1878

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Shintomi Theater: The Satsuma Rebellion, 1878 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Shintomi Theater: The Satsuma Rebellion, 1878

Comments - Interesting kabuki scene from a play at the Shintomi Theater about the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877 between disaffected former samurai and Meiji Imperial forces. With the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji restoration of the Emperor in 1867, the samurai class was abolished, leaving this once ruling class unemployed and impoverished. Led by former Imperial Army General Saigo Takamori, samurai from the Satsuma domain in Kagoshima rebelled against the government, leading to a series of battles that ultimately ended in the defeat of the rebels. At right, rebel general Kishino Toshiaki holds out a letter to Saigo, who sits in the center, a sober expression on his face. He wears an army uniform trimmed with epaulets and braid, a striped ribbon across his chest and his sword tucked into the white sash around his waist. The warrior at left has a gash across his forehead, an unusual detail. From left, the actors are Onoe Kikugoro V, Ichikawa Danjuro IX, and Ichikawa Sadanji. Nicely detailed with burnishing on the black jackets.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 1/8" x 27 1/4"

Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper. Vertical folds. A few repairs and creases, slight rippling.

Shintomi Theater: The Satsuma Rebellion, 1878 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Shintomi Theater: The Satsuma Rebellion, 1878 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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