Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Magician Attacking a Samurai, 1882
Comments - Dramatic scene of Ichikawa Danjuro as the evil magician Nikki Danjo attacking a samurai. The enraged warrior grips a knife, raising it above his head as he prepares to strike the gray-haired samurai retreating before him. The sleeves of Danjo's black kimono are pushed down to the waist, revealing a white robe over a suit of armor, the sleeves tied back with a purple sash. His intended victim thrusts a fan at him accusingly as he backs away, his lips firmly set. A screen at left features an eagle perched in a pine tree, and tall grasses in soft gray calligraphic line work fill the background. A great composition with large expressive figures. Beautifully detailed with embossing on the white robe and a subtle burnished geometric pattern in the black kimono. A handsome design.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 14" x 27 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical folds. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.