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Morikawa Chikashige (originally Otojirō), Japanese
Kabuki Play about Uesugi Kenshin, c. 1880's
Ink on Paper
13 3/4 in. x 27 7/8 in. (34.93 cm x 70.8 cm)

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: 2005.1.2

Fine colors. Fine impressions with gauffrage, metallic pigments and burnishing.

Numerous text banners are printed on all panels.

Colored ink on paper; oban triptych.

Object Description
Meiji period color woodblock triptych, depicting a theatrical scene with an army general giving his men orders. On the left is Nakamura and Ichikawa Sadanji. In the center is Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Uesugi Kenshin. On the right is Suketakaya Takasuke.

Uesugi no Terutora (1530-1578), lord of Echigo province, shaved his head and took priestly vows in 1552, taking the name Kenshin. Like many of his contemporaries, entering the priesthood did little to restrain his military endeavors. (see also 93.3.53)

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