Shunei (1762 - 1819) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Ichikawa Komazo III as Ono Sadakuro
- In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Comments - Terrific portrait of Ichikawa Komazo III in the role of the villain Ono Sadakuro in the play "Kanadehon Chushingura," which tells the story of the 47 ronin. Disguised as a traveling mountain priest, Sadakuro attacks and kills the elderly Yoichibei for his money bag. His black robe falls open at the chest, and he carries a yellow umbrella with a bold snake eye pattern. He looks up with a rather sheepish expression, his unshaved hair growing out messily atop his head, with loose wisps framing his face. A great large head kabuki portrait.
Artist - Shunei (1762 - 1819)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Tear at edge, repaired. Toning, a few creases and spots. Please see photos for details.