scene from the kabuki play Shin Usuyuki Monogatari

 
Artist
Creation date
Publisher
Edo-ya Matsugorō
Period
Edo
Materials
color woodblock print
Mark Descriptions
Artist's signature: Gototei Kunisada ga Censor seal: single kiwame
Dimensions
15 1/4 x 10 1/8 in. (image); (each); (trimmed width)
Credit line
Gift of Eliza M. Niblack
Accession number
16.924A-C
Collection
Not Currently On View

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.

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