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Night Rain at Narumi

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Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Japanese, (1797–1861)
Night Rain at Narumi, 1852
Ink on Paper
14 3/16 in. x 9 9/16 in. (360.36 mm x 242.89 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.121

Alternate Title: Yobu hakkei: Narumi yau

Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga. Artist's seal: Yoshi-kiri. Censor's seal: double censor's seals (Mera and Watanabe) and date seal (Ne-shichi).

Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
"Night Rain at Narumi" shows Imagawa Yoshimoto (1519-1560) at the Battle of Okehazama. The thick outlines and contorted facial features give this warrior a ferocious appearance. The dramatic stance suggests influence from the Kabuki theatre. The flatness of colors on the costumes and the linear treatment of rain also recall graphic characteristics of theatre posters. The principal figure is identified in a cartouche on the print as "Inagawa Yoshioto," and not Imagawa Yoshimoto because government censorship laws at the time strictly controlled references to historical figures.
(Bruce A. Coats, Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia in Japanese Prints, 2006)

Enshuya Hikobei.

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