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Kakitsu, Kikugoro and Nakamura Fukusuke in Garden

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Chikanobu Yoshu, Japanese, (1838–1912)
Kakitsu, Kikugoro and Nakamura Fukusuke in Garden, 1/13/1887
Ink on Paper
13 7/8 in. x 27 3/4 in. (35.24 cm x 70.49 cm)

Object Type: print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2003.1.23

Alternate Title: Soga moyo tateshi no Goshozome

Fine impression with gauffrage.

Five printed banners with text in the upper left. Two printed banners with text in the upper center of the center panel. Two printed text banners in the upper right of the right panel. Inscription and seal in the lower region of the right edge - right panel.

Colored ink woodblock on off-white paper (oban triptych).

Object Description
This play, now commonly called " Gorozo the Gallant" (Gosho no Gorozo), included in the first act the brutal murder of young Hototogisu, daughter of a tea ceremony master, by Yuri no kata, jealous wife of the daimyo Asama Tomoenojo, who had just taken Hototogisu as his concubine. In this scene. Bando Kakitsu I (1847-93) as Menosuke rushes in to try stop Yurinokata, played by Onoe Kikugoro V (1844-1903), from stabbing Hototogisu, acted by Nakamura Fukusuke (1841-1921). Based on a novel by Ryutei Tanehiko (1783-1842), the kabuki version was written by Kawatake Mokuami (1816-1893) and first performed in 1864, but about 1887, when this print was produced, the first act was eliminated because (ostensibly) of its onstage violence. The rest of the play concerns 2 samurai who had served in the Asama household and a woman they both loved named Satsuki. Mokuami was famous for his domestic dramas, and with bringing new stories and staging to the theater in the late Edo and early Meiji eras. Chikanobu's rendition has the appearance of a staged play, with painted flats in the background, but is quite different from his earlier depictions of actors on stage.

Kawatake Mokuami (translated by Alan Cummings), "Gorozo the Gallant" in James R. Brandon and Samuel L. Leiter (ed.), Kabuki Plays on Stage: Darkness and Desire, 1804-1864 (Honolulu: University of Hawai'I Press, 2002), pp. 291-317.

For more information, please refer to the Chikanobu exhibition catalogue.

Takekawa Enokichi.

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