Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Blind Musician Asagao, 1863
Comments - Interesting scene from the kabuki drama commonly known as "Diary of a Morning Glory," which tells the story of the lovely young Miyuki, who loses her vision from crying after she and her lover, Miyagi Asojiro, are parted due to a misunderstanding. Changing her name to Asagao (Morning Glory), she earns a living as a blind musician, playing the koto at an inn, where Asojiro, who has now become a samurai named Komazawa Jirozaemon, accidentally discovers her. The beauty kneels beside a koto, removing its cloth cover. Her kimono is bordered with her namesake morning glories. Jirozaemon sits in the center of the room, holding a sake cup and staring at his former sweetheart frown. The fellow next to him watches the samurai with a grimace, while the man kneeling below looks up suspiciously, a small package in his hand. From left, the actors are Sawamura Tanosuke, Bando Hikosaburo, Ichikawa Yonejuro (above), and Seki Sanjuro. Nice expressive figures in a handsomely detailed setting.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 29"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Light horizontal and vertical lines where backing papers meet. Slight soiling and curling. Please see photos for details.