The Subscription List, 1840

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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The Subscription List, 1840 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Subscription List, 1840

Comments - Handsome scene from the famous kabuki play "The Subscription List" (Kanjincho) at the Kawarazaki Theater, the story of Minamoto no Yoshitsune and his faithful retainer Benkei, the warrior-monk, leading his men across the border disguised as monks. The aristocrat Togashi, shown here at right in a blue kamishimo patterned with cranes, is charged with intercepting the party. They tell him they are collecting funds for temple restoration, so Togashi asks Benkei to read a list of the contributors. Thinking quickly, Benkei reads a fake subscription list from a scroll. Here, Benkei holds the scroll away from the prying eyes of Togashi. The young Yoshitsune kneels at left, a walking stick in his hand. Interestingly, the retainers surrounding Togashi wear unusual yellow kimono patterned with spiderwebs. The principle actors are Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Yoshitsune, Ichikawa Echizo V as Benkei, and Ichikawa Kuzo II as Togashi. Nice full length figures with expressive faces.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 7/8" + top margin as shown

Condition - Good detail. Small losses and thinning at edges, tear at edge, a few holes, repaired. Wrinkling throughout.

The Subscription List, 1840 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
The Subscription List, 1840 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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