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