Original Chikanobu (1838 - 1912) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Murder of Otsuta, 1883
Comments - Dramatic kabuki scene from a tale about a beautiful courtesan named Otsuta, who is the mistress of the daimyo Isobe Kazunosuke. One of the daimyo's retainers makes advances towards her, and after she refuses him, he tells Kazunosuke she is having an affair with another samurai. The enraged Kazunosuke kills her, and has her body thrown down a well. Here, the unfortunate beauty is shown in the palace courtyard, her torso bound with a red tie-dyed sash. Kazunosuke threatens her with a sword, glaring at her angrily. He wears a black kimono patterned with a beautiful burnished geometric design, tucked into striped pants. Two women watch at left, the younger one looking up with a worried expression, her hands thrown out in alarm. Behind the daimyo, the rope for the well can be seen hanging from a willow tree. The actors include Onoe Kikugoro V as Otsuta, and Kataoka Gado III as Kazunosuke. Nicely colored and detailed with a handsome setting. Includes metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the sword.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14" x 27 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.