Nakamura Fukusuke IV as Watanabe Tsuna, 1887

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Nakamura Fukusuke IV as Watanabe Tsuna, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Nakamura Fukusuke IV as Watanabe Tsuna, 1887

Comments - Handsome kabuki portrait of Nakamura Fukusuke IV as Watanabe Tsuna, a trusted retainer of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Raiko). The legendary Demon of Oeyama had been kidnapping beauties and holding them hostage at his lair on Mt. Oe. Dressed as a yamabushi or mountain priests, Raiko and his men traveled to the demon's hideout in order to kill him and rescue the women. Tsuna sits quietly as Raiko performs a dance for the demon as they ply the monster with sake to get him drunk. He wears a small black cap and a stole with white pompoms, the chest on his back used to carry an image of a deity. The mouth of the cave frames the view above, with a rushing river beyond. An interesting subject.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - Good color and detail. A few creases at edges.

Nakamura Fukusuke IV as Watanabe Tsuna, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Nakamura Fukusuke IV as Watanabe Tsuna, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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