Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ishikawa Goemon Boiled Alive, 1857
Comments - Dramatic kabuki scene of the robber Ishikawa Goemon being boiled alive in a bubbling pot, desperately holding his young son above his head. After attempting to kill the powerful lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Goemon was sentenced to death by boiling, along with his child. He is shown here making a last attempt to save his son's life, keeping him up above the scalding liquid. Grimacing in terror, his face is tinged with blue, a sign of his impending demise. The giant cauldron boils over a raging fire, sending clouds of smoke billowing across the night sky. Kneeling at left, his wife Oritsu watches helplessly, stretching her hand out. The samurai Iwaki Toma stands behind her with arms firmly folded across his chest, looking down with a sneer of contempt. From left, the actors are Iwai Kumesaburo III as Oritsu, Sawamura Tossho II as Iwaki Toma, Onoe Waichi II as Ishikawa Goemon, and Sawamura Yoshijiro I as his son Goroichi. A fantastic design and a great subject for a kabuki enthusiast.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 19" x 13 3/4"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Two separate panels. A few small holes repaired from reverse. Partially backed with old paper. Some light rubbing and soiling at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.