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Scene From The Kabuki Play Shin Usuyuki Monogatari

Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)


The play is a story of love, jealousy, intrigue and revenge revolving around a sword offered to the Kiyomizu temple on behalf of the shogun. The assistant on the left "accidentally" swings his mallet towards his rival, the assistant on the right, but the master deflects the strike.

The edges of the sheets are somewhat tattered, but the mat hides them. The prints are soiled, and the inking is incomplete in some areas. Nevertheless, the clear and decisive composition, the dramatic poses and strong, emotional facial expressions together create a powerful visual image.

Object Information

artist
Utagawa Kunisada (Japanese, 1786-1864)
period
Edo
creation date
1839
materials
color woodblock print
dimensions
15-1/4 x 10-1/8 in. (image); (each); (trimmed width)
24 ½” x 38 ½” (framed)
mark descriptions
Artist's signature: Gototei Kunisada ga
Censor seal: single kiwame
accession number
16.924A-C
credit line
Gift of Eliza M. Niblack
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art