Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Ichikawa Danjuro as the Ghost of Akugenta at Nunobiki Waterfall
Comments - Dramatic kabuki scene of Ichikawa Danjuro as the ghost of Akugenta (Wicked Genta) Yoshihira appearing at Nunobiki Waterfall to avenge his death. During the Genpei War between the Taira and the Minamoto clans, the fierce young warrior Minamoto no Yoshihira was captured in Kyoto by the Taira. Namba no Jiro took the captive to Nunobiki Waterfall, where he executed him. Immediately after his death, Yoshihira's ghost sprang up into the air, generating a powerful thunderstorm with lightening that struck his executioner dead. Akugenta rises out of a cloud of smoke as jagged bolts of lightning streak through the sky, his wild hair flying around his face. The samurai below is taken aback, throwing out his hand in self-defense with a worried grimace. An elderly warrior watches with a frown at left, while the nobleman at right reaches for his sword. A lively illustration from this famous tale. Includes embossing in the elderly samurai's white hair and metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on Yoshihira's armor.
Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Slight rippling, slight offsetting from metallic pigment, a few creases. Please see photos for details.