Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Benkei in the play "Kanjincho", 1890
Woodblock Print
14.50 x 29.25 in (36.83 x 74.30 cm)
8833 / INV. # 02216661
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Publisher: Akiyama Buemon Condition: Fine impression, color and condition. A half length portrait spanning all three sheets of this triptych depicts the actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX in the role of Benkei. In this play Yoshitsune and Benkei, disguised as itinerant priests, are trying to cross the customs barrier of Ataka. After Benkei has recited aloud from an empty scroll (the subscription list) the warden allows the group to pass. The print is found in various states, this one an early impression with liberal use of bronze pigments in the calligraphy on Benkei�s garments. Keyes 516; Another impression at The Harvard Museum, Cat. 1988.2, illustrated Beauty and Violence, Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi, cat. No. 68 at p 146

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