Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Kumagai Naozane and His Wife, 1872
Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the play "Ichi-no-Tani Futaba Gunki," a drama about the battle between the Genji and the Heike Clans at Ichi-no-Tani. After the battle, the Genji general Kumagai Jiro Naozane returned to his camp to find his wife waiting for him. Kumagai has just sacrificed their son Kojiro to atone for killing the emperor's illegitimate son, Atsumori, whom he had captured in battle, and can't bring himself to tell his wife, Sagami, the truth. He scowls at her angrily, waving his fan above his head as she looks as him with a suspicious expression, her mouth slightly agape. At right, Yoshitsune frowns angrily at the warrior. He wears a blue vest patterned with a dragon over a suit of armor, a white sash tied around his forehead. White draperies patterned with a bird crest frame the red sky above. From left, the actors are Bando Mitsugoro, Nakamura Shikan, and Onoe Kikugoro. Nice large expressive figures.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 14" x 27 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small loss at corner, a few wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.