Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Bando Hikosaburo V as Osono, the Daughter of Ichimisai, 1873
From an untitled series of twenty-two actor portraits
Bando Hikosaburo V as Osono, the Daughter of Ichimisai, 1873 - Terrific okubi-e or large head portrait of Bando Hikosaburo V as Osono, the daughter of Ichimisai, from an untitled Kunichika series depicting characters from the kabuki play "Vendetta at Hikosan." The drama relates the story of the beauty Osono and her fiance, the fencer Keyamura Rokusuke, avenge the death of her father, Ichimisai. Here, Osono raises a short sword high as she looks up with an angry frown. She wears a black nun's mantle over a lavender print kimono and red under robe, her hair pulled back into a smooth bun simply adorned with a comb and a white ribbon. The large figure is set off by a red background dotted with confetti-like shapes in a metallic pigment that has oxidized to a darker tone, and a green border featuring the actor's crests. Beautifully detailed with fine line work in the hair and an embossed geometric pattern on the white kimono collars. This subject appears as plate number 76 in Amy Reigle Newland's book, "Time Present and Time Past: Images of a Forgotten Master." A great design.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 3/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few holes, slight thinning at corner, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, a couple ink marks. Please see photos for details.