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Utagawa Kunisada II

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Utagawa Kunisada II, Japanese, (1823–1880)
Water Margin/ Suikoden; Busho subjugating a tiger, 1870s
Ink on Paper
15 x 30 in.

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: 2008.1.73

SIgned Hosai " Kochoro".

Object Description
Left: Ichikawa Sadanji I, 1842-1904, as Busho, the tiger slayer
Center: Nakamura Jusaburo III as Ryojin, the huner
Right: Ichikawa Yonezo as Ryoshi, the hunt

"Kunimasa, using the signature here “Kochoro,” gives us a scene from the famous Chinese war epic “The Water Margin.” The actor Ichikawa Sadanji I (1842-1904) plays the warrior Bushho who slays a tiger with a single blow of his hand. Foreign elements, such as the tiger which is not native to Japan and the Chinese warrior’s colorful clothing, were popular with kabuki audiences."
(DS, student in 2010 seminar ARHI154 Japanese Prints)

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