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Hon Brigade, Third Group: Bando Kamezo I as Honzo by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Item Number: 894556

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912
Item Number: 894556
 
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Hon Brigade, Third Group: Bando Kamezo I as Honzo by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Hon Brigade, Third Group: Bando Kamezo I as Honzo
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. A few small tears and losses at edges, slight thinning at edge, a couple holes, repaired. Creasing, slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.


Hon Brigade, Third Group: Bando Kamezo I as Honzo by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Hon Brigade, Third Group: Bando Kamezo I as Honzo by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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