C1894

Onoe Kikugoro V as Hiyoshi-maru.

Woodblock by Toyohara Kunichika of the  actor Baiko in the role of the child Hiyoshi-maru, (Bounty of the Sun) sitting on the steps of the Yahagi Bridge. Hiyoshi-maru was to grow up to become the great Japanese martial hero, Toyotomi … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Onoe Kikugoro V as Hiyoshi-maru.

Date:

C1894

Condition:

A little soiling to margins otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock

Image Size: 

230mm 
x 345mm
AUTHENTICITY
Onoe Kikugoro V as Hiyoshi-maru. - Antique Print from 1894

Genuine antique
dated:

1894

Description:

Woodblock by Toyohara Kunichika of the  actor Baiko in the role of the child Hiyoshi-maru, (Bounty of the Sun) sitting on the steps of the Yahagi Bridge.

Hiyoshi-maru was to grow up to become the great Japanese martial hero, Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1537-1598). Hideyoshi was a pre-eminent daimyo, warrior, general, samurai, and politician of the Sengoku period who is regarded as Japan’s second “great unifier”. He financed the construction, restoration and rebuilding of many temples standing today in Kyoto. Hideyoshi played an important role in the history of Christianity in Japan when he ordered the execution by crucifixion of twenty-six Christians.

We see the young hero in the foreground, a beam of light across the lower part of his kimono illuminating the patterns of embroidered toys and playthings, whilst above the sober colours of adulthood predominate. The cartouche in the upper part of the print usually shows the other major role in the performance. In this case the other role is played by the actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX, as the robber and bandit Hachisuka Koroku.

From the series;  One Hundred Roles of Baiko

Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900) Kunichika was a leading Japanese woodblock print artist and highly influential. Talented as a child, at about thirteen he became a student of Tokyo’s then leading printmaker Utagawa Kunisada. He produced numerous wood blocks of popular and famous Kabuki plays and actors of which he was very knowledgeable. He is best known for his prints of kabuki actors and scenes from popular plays of the time. Kunichika also made many bijinga (beautiful women) woodblocks.

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