Kunisada: Kabuki scene from a historical revenge of Rokusuke of Keya village in Kyushu (Keya -mura jidai-mono)
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Kabuki scene from a historical revenge of Rokusuke of Keya village in Kyushu (Keya -mura jidai-mono)
The night scene on Mt. Hikoyama in Oita Prefecture depicts: Rokusuke in wood-cutter attire holds an axe on his right hand and carries a bunch of woods on his shoulder. His left hand takes a long spear from Princess Terada who stands near a stone lantern. Three frogs stand in front of him. The Kora-myojin on his right initiates Rokusuke into a secret scroll of martial art. This print shows a scene from one version of Kabuki dramas Keyamura legend, based on a revenge act by Keyamura Rokusuke in 1586 such as ” Hikosan gongen chikai no sukedachi” in which Rokusuke, a master fencer is reduced to poverty due to a scheme hatched by the eveil Kyogoku Takumi who murdered Yoshioka Ichimisai, the teacher of Rokusuke. Ichimisai’s daughter, Osono, her mother Oyuki, and Osono’s nephew tries to revenge the murder. Then Rokusuke found out the common enemy and carries out the revenge.
Publisher: Mori-ya Jibei
Signature: Toyokuni ga