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Ka Brigade, Eighth Group: Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Kampei by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Item Number: 894555

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 894555
 
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Ka Brigade, Eighth Group: Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Kampei by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Ka Brigade, Eighth Group: Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Kampei
Series; Matches for the Kana Syllables (Mitate Iroha Awase), 1866

Matches for the Kana Syllables - Handsome design from Kunichika's 1866 series "Matches for the Kana Syllables," which pairs a large kabuki portrait with the matoi or standard of one of Edo's many fire brigades. The city's firefighters were organized into groups designated by a single kana syllable, and the name of the kabuki character depicted starts with the same syllable as the chosen brigade. Syllables suggesting words with bad or unlucky meanings were replaced with numbers. These lively images include expressive figures and vibrant color. Many include deluxe printing techniques such as burnishing, embossing, or soft bokashi shading. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has many of these designs in its collection. An interesting early Kunichika kabuki series.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Small tear and slight thinning at edges, a couple holes, repaired. Creasing, slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.


Ka Brigade, Eighth Group: Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Kampei by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Ka Brigade, Eighth Group: Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Kampei by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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