Kunichika 国周: Nakamura Shikan as Warrior in Pine Tree

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Artist: Toyohara Kunichika 国周 (1835-1900)

Title: Nakamura Shikan中村芝翫 as Sasaki Takatsune in Pine Tree

Date: 1865

Nakamura Shikan has climbed a pine tree and scans the distance, probably to scout his enemy. He is likely playing Sasaki Takatsune in the play Kamakura Sendaiki. Takatsune is a high-ranking Kyoto official in this play about love and allegiance during wartime. His jacket is decorated with gold-edged coins and one can imagine the splendor of his kabuki costume, which is specific to this role.

Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban 36 x 24.5 cm
Publisher: Masudaya Ginjiro
Signature: Kunichika ga