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One Hundred Kabuki Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro: Bingo Saburo

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Toyohara Kunichika, Japanese, (1835–1900)
One Hundred Kabuki Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro: Bingo Saburo, 1901
Ink on paper
14 x 9.6

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: 2009.1.83

Alternate Title: Ichikawa Danjuro engei hyakabun: Bingo Saburo

Signature: Kunichika hitsu
Seal: Toshidama

Object Description
First edition printing of kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro as Bingo Saburo (Kojima Takanori). He is shown here dressed as a warrior and writing a poem on a cherry tree. In The Tale of the Heike, the warrior Bingo Saburo (Kojima Takanori) attempted to rescue Emperor Go-Daigo, who was being transported to a remote location from Kyoto. Unable to sneak past the guards, he wrote a verse in Chinese on a cherry tree. "The heaven didn't desert King Gou-jian oof Yue, likewise the heaven will never abandon Your Majesty; a loyal follower like Fan-li will come to emancipate Your Majesty from hardship." Though the guards discovered the verse in the morning, they could not read the Chinese script; the Emperor, however, could, and took heart.

Print embellished with mica and silver metallic pigmenets.

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