Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Kokusen'ya Gassen Kabuki Paper Model Set
Paper Model Prints - These entertaining prints are exceeding rare as they were designed to be cut and assembled into a paper model. As they were intended to be disassembled, the artists never signed these prints. These prints transform into scenes of castles and mansions, landscapes and classic interiors, samurai and fantastic creatures - they are incredible unique pieces and would make a terrific addition to a collection.
Comments - Handsome, complete five panel paper model set from the kabuki drama "Kokusen'ya Gassen," the story of the warrior Watonai traveling to China to help restore the Ming Dynasty. He asked his half-sister, Kinshojo, to plead his case with her husband, General Kanki. The scene shows Watonai in the center, holding a flaming torch as he waits for a signal from Kinshojo. She was to release into the river either white pigment signaling success for his plan or red pigment indicating failure. However, instead of red pigment, the red comes from her own blood, unbeknownst to anyone else. She kneels in the tower at right, pouring the blood from a shallow silver bowl, dressed in elegant robes trimmed with rows of colorful ruffles. Kanki watches solemnly from the left tower. A fantastic design with a very detailed and extensive setting, including the stone bridge with the water running red beneath it, and the two high stone towers of the castle. A terrific uncut paper model set from this popular play.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - Each panel 13 5/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Five separate panels. One small hole in top corner from previous string binding, as is common for paper model prints. A few creases at edges. Please see photos for details