Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Rooftop Battle Kabuki Paper Model Set
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.
Not many complete sets survive. Collectors are lucky to own a single print from a model set - a complete paper model scene is an almost unprecedented opportunity. These are incredibly rare pieces and would make a terrific addition to any collection. Take advantage of this great opportunity before it passes you by - bid now!
Comments - Fantastic five-panel kabuki paper model set depicting a battle on the rooftop of a temple between five otokodate or street knights and a group of samurai and guards. Several figures are shown on the two-story building, with others fighting in the courtyard below with swords and iron truncheons. The extensive setting includes the courtyard with stone bridge, fences, and statue of a deity, along with a landscape background featuring blossoming cherry trees and green hills overlooking the water with Mt. Fuji in the distance. A terrific design with lively color and wonderful detail. A rare uncut five-panel paper model set.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - Each panel approximately 13 5/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This item with excellent color and detail as shown. Five panels, not attached. Bright and clean. One small hole in top corner from previous string binding, as is usual for paper model prints. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall