Original Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Sukeroku, 1870
Comments - Handsome kabuki triptych illustrating characters from the play "Sukeroku," the tale of the young street knight Hanakawado Sukeroku, who is actually one of the Soga brothers in disguise. Here Sukeroku, easily recognized by the purple sash tied rakishly around his head, is confronted by Ikyu, his rival for the attentions of the beautiful courtesan Agemaki. The white-haired Ikyu frowns at his enemy, clutching his hands atop an ornate pipe. He wears a magnificent black kimono patterned with swirling clouds. Two courtesans watch anxiously at center, while the sake seller Shimbei looks up from lower left out of eyes narrowed with suspicion. The actors include Sawamura Sojuro as Shimbei, Onoe Kikugoro as Sukeroku, and Nakamura Shikan as Ikyu. A great depiction from this popular play, with large colorful figures and fine embossing in the white hair and beard.
Artist - Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Vertical fold in left panel. A few wormholes, thinning area, repaired. Slight soiling, a few wrinkles and creases. Please see photos for details.