Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Tametomo Sinking Mochimitsu's Ship Kabuki Paper Model Set, 1897
Paper Model Sets - Fuji Arts is pleased to offer a terrific group of complete and uncut paper model sets. These entertaining 19th century prints were designed to be cut apart and formed into three-dimensional models. An inset cartouche provides an example of the finished scene once assembled. Using the scene as a guide, the model builder could cut out the different components of the scene from the prints and create the model. Sets usually include a variety of figures, accessories, and background elements, brightly colored and nicely detailed, with subjects ranging from kabuki plays to famous samurai battles.
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Comments - Wonderful kabuki paper model set complete in three panels, featuring a scene from a kabuki play about the warrior Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo (also known as Minamoto no Tametomo). Here, he sinks the leading ship of Mochimitsu's fleet with a single arrow. The fierce warrior stands on a small dock, gripping his bow with one hand, having just released the missile. At left, his retainer, Oniyasha, watches in surprise as the ship flounders in the sea, while a beauty watches at right. Includes a handsome setting with waves and a rocky shoreline, a small lighthouse, and the ocean with mountains in the distance. Wonderfully detailed. A great complete three panel set, rare and uncut.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - Each panel 13 3/4" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - Separate panels. This item with bright and clean colors. One small hole in top corner from previous string binding, as is usual for paper model prints. Slight creasing at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.