Kunichika: Nakamura Shikan中村芝翫 as the Young Benkei Near Waterfall

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Artist: Toyohara Kunichika 国周 (1835-1900)

Title: Nakamura Shikan中村芝翫  as the Young Benkei Near Waterfall

Date: 1865

Nakamura Shikan as Oniwakamaru. Oniwakamaru is the childhood name of the great warrior Benkei, who was famous for his skill with weapons and later came to serve the great Minamoto Yoshitsune. Here we see the young man as part of a kabuki drama, holding a large curved blade and posed next to a waterfall in autumn. The rounded updo hairstyle seems to be quite specific to this role.

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