Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Trial of Takahashi Oden, 1879
Comments - Interesting kabuki scene of Takahashi Oden during her trial for murdering a man. She looks up with a strange grin, the loose hair around her face giving her a disheveled appearance. The two mustachioed judges sit at a cloth-covered table behind a railing, watching the woman with stern expressions. They wear the latest Western attire, including button front shirts and bow ties, and their hair cut short in the latest Meiji fashion. The drama is a "Zangirimono" or "Cropped Hair Play," a genre which depicted contemporary Meiji characters in real-life dramas involving ordinary people. It takes its name from the close-cropped hairstyle adopted by men during the Meiji era. In real life, a woman named Takahashi Oden murdered a man and became the last woman to be put to death in Japan by beheading in 1879. The large figures are nicely set off by a deep red background. Includes burnishing on the black jackets and the beauty's black collar.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 27 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Horizontal and vertical folds. Loss at edge, repaired. Wrinkling throughout, slight soiling and rubbing. Please see photos for details.