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Toyohara Kunichika, Japanese, (1835–1900)
Kabuki Scene from Kinkaku-Ji (Golden Pavilion), 1883
Ink on Paper
13 3/4 in. x 28 in. (34.93 cm x 71.12 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment for Japanese Arts and Cultures
Accession Number: 2005.1.5


Alternate Title: Kinkaku-ji

Edition
Fine colors; fine impression with gauffrage and metallic pigments.

Marks
signed: Toyohara Kunichika hitsu

Medium
Colored ink on paper; oban triptych.

Object Description
A woodblock triptych depicting a bijin wearing a bridal head-dress being threatened by a man with a drawn sword. A dragon ascending a waterfall is shown in the top left. The image depicts Yukihime, the Snow Princess, and wife of Kano Naonobu, able to summon the dragon in a waterfall by using her sword. The evil Matsunaga Daizen has taken that weapon. The hero Hisayoshi tries to distract Daizen by offering to play Go (he is holding a Go board). Sato Masakiyo tries to prevent Daizen from further evil acts. From the right to left the print depicts: Ichikawa Kodanji as Kano Naonobu, Onoe Kikugoro as Hisayoshi, Ichikawa Sadanji as Kano Yukihime, Nakamura Shikan as Matsunaga Daizen, and Ichikawa Danji as Sato Masakiyo.

See also: 2005.1.6

Publisher
Arakawa

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