Original Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Evil Magician Nikki Danjo
Comments - Terrific kabuki scene from one of the many plays based on the disputed succession of the Date clan. At right, the samurai Otokonosuke, who has been faithfully guarding the young heir to the clan, confronts the evil magician, Nikki Danjo, who has just returned to human form after transforming himself into a rat to steal an incriminating scroll. While in rat form, Otokonosuke struck him on the forehead with the knife he still grips in his hand, leaving the bleeding wound visible on Danjo's forehead. Danjo bites the scroll between his teeth, making a magical gesture with his hands as Otokonosuke glares an him angrily. Danjo wears a pale gray kimono and is surrounded by clouds of smoke. Otokonosuke leans forward aggressively, his red stage makeup and colorful robes forming a striking contrast to the magician's appearance. An interesting design with large, well detailed figures.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight toning, a few creases and small marks. Please see photos for details.