Kunichika: Actor with Dragon Tattoo and Knife in his Teeth

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Artist: Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)
Title: The Tattooed Actor Ichimura Uzaemon XIII with Large Knife
Date: 1864

Tattooed actor Ichimura Uzaemon XIII holds a large knife in his teeth as he removes his garment with both hands. He may be in the role of Tekomae Kakitsu. His tattoo features a dragon amidst clouds whose claw clutches the sacred jewel. Regarding precipitation, it seems that it is both raining and snowing, employing two different printing techniques. The actor looks to his left, undoubtedly plotting something quite extreme. Ichimura Uzaemon XIII was the name held by Onoe Kikugoro V from 1851 to the spring of 1863. This dealer could not find another example of this design online.

Condition: Excellent impression and color: very good condition. Unbacked, but some backing remnants verso along left edge and some minor wormage on border.
Dimensions: ôban (36.6 x 25 cm)
Signature: Kunichika ga (with toshidama seal)