Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Nakamura Shikan as Matsugae Tetsunosuke and Ichikawa Sadanji as Karagi Wasuke, 1872
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Nakamura Shikan as Matsugae Tetsunosuke and Ichikawa Sadanji as Karagi Wasuke, 1872 - Dramatic kabuki scene of a Matsugae Tetsunosuke attacking Karagi Wasuke with his iron war fan (tessen). He raises it above his head as a weapon while grabbing Wasuke by the back of the neck. The warrior struggles to free himself, the blade of his sword clenched between his teeth. He wears a black kimono with a beautiful burnished geometric print, tucked into striped green pants. The figures are set against a red tie-dyed textile pattern. The fan-shaped inset above by Chikayoshi features a bird on a blossoming plum tree beneath a glowing full moon. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Sadanji and Nakamura Shikan. An attractive design, nicely detailed and vibrantly colored.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A couple small holes, repaired. Slight toning, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.