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Eighteen Kabuki Plays: Kagekiyo

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Torii Kiyotada VII, VII, Japanese, (active 1875–1941)
Torii Kiyosada, Japanese, (1844–1901)
Eighteen Kabuki Plays: Kagekiyo, 1895
Ink on Paper
16 5/16 in. x 11 in. (41.4 cm x 27.94 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2008.1.7


Alternate Title: Kabuki juhachi ban: Kagekiyo

Commentary
“Eighteen Kabuki Plays : Kagekiyo / Kabuki juhachiban : Kagekiyo”
by Torii Kiyosada (1844-1901) & Kiyotada VII (active 1875-1941) 1896

The Heike warrior Akushichibyoe Kagekiyo (died 1196) had been captured at Dan-no-ura but escaped and was hunted down by Hatakeyama Shigetada (1164-1205). Shigetada (in the foreground) blinded Kagekiyo (played here by Danjuro IX) and imprisoned him in a cave. Despite repeated tortures, Kagekiyo continued to declare his loyalty to the fallen Heike.

At the play’s climax, Kagekiyo grabs a huge wooden beam and drives off Shigetada and his warriors. His anger is dramatically emphasized by the exaggerated lines of his make-up.

Marks
Signature: 'Tadakiyo' and 'Torii Kiyosada' with respective artist seals.

Object Description
Ichikawa Danjuro is in the role of Kakose Akaemon in Kazusa Akushichibei Kagekiyo in "Kagekiyo", one of the famous eighteen kabuki plays (Kabuki Juhachiban) by the Ichikawa family.

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