C1800

Ichikawa Danjuro IX in, 'A Courtly Mirror of Ashiya Domanof Kuzunoha' as Kuzunoha.

Artist:

Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900 - 1900)

Depicts the famous Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX in the play, ‘A Courtly Mirror of Ashiya Domanof Kuzunoha’ and in the role of the fox spirit Kuzunoha, that was first staged in 1735. The inset of Kudzu leaves at top … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Ichikawa Danjuro IX in, ‘A Courtly Mirror of Ashiya Domanof Kuzunoha’ as Kuzunoha.

Date:

C1800

Artist:

Toyohara Kunichika (1835–1900 - 1900)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Image Size: 

216mm 
x 330mm
AUTHENTICITY
Ichikawa Danjuro IX in, 'A Courtly Mirror of Ashiya Domanof Kuzunoha' as Kuzunoha. - Antique Print from 1800

Genuine antique
dated:

1800

Description:

Depicts the famous Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX in the play, ‘A Courtly Mirror of Ashiya Domanof Kuzunoha’ and in the role of the fox spirit Kuzunoha, that was first staged in 1735. The inset of Kudzu leaves at top left indicate the identity of Kuzunoha (meaning Kudzu leaves). The story is of a young man, Abe no Yasuna, who frees a fox from a hunter’s net only to be accused afterwards of disloyalty to his lord. As he is about to kill himself, the freed fox takes the shape of his beloved, Kuzunoha, in order to stop him. It is this moment that the artist has captured. The mystical white fox conjures many of Kuzunoha’s possessions including the bamboo pole and sedge hat seen here in order to convince Yasuna of her identity. From the series ‘Ichikawa Danjuro Engei Hyakuban’ (One Hundered Roles of Ichikawa Danjuro)

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