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Series: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai)
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Series: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai)
Restoration: 1868 -1912

Category: Women Samurai

Accession Number: DFJN2021PRWS004

Title (Original): バンド・シュカ1:女性バンディット・キジンのオマツ
Title: bandoshka 1 : josei bandittokisin no omatsu
Translated Title: Bando Shuka I as the Female Bandit Kijin no Omatsu

Artist (Original): 豊国III /国貞(1786 – 1864) 

Artist:  Toyokuni III / Kunisada (1786 – 1864)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Signature: Unknown
Seal: Unknown
Publisher (Original): 表記無し
Publisher: Unknown
Engraver: Unknown
Publication Date: 1851 

Acquisition Date: 28 / 05 / 2021

 

Country of origin: Japan

Size: Vertical ōban. 13 ¾  x 19 3/8 (inches)


                    
Condition: Two separate panels, backed with paper. Slight separation at ends and thinning along horizontal centre fold, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases.
Great kabuki portrait of Bando Shuka I as the female bandit Kijin no Omatsu in the play "Shinpan Koshi no Shiranami." She smiles happily as she looks up at the stars twinkling in the night sky, clutching a tiny infant to her chest beneath her robe. She wears a beautiful black kimono with a pattern of pine sprigs and falling rain over a suit of armor. At right, Natsume Shirozaburo, played by Ichikawa Danjuro VIII, rests his hand against a wooden post as he looks away with a frown, his sword in hand. A paper lantern hangs from a hook overhead. Beautifully detailed with fine line work in the hair, light embossing in the blue sash, a burnished geometric print in the black areas of the Omatsu's kimono, and a burnished floral print in the black areas of Shirozaburo's robe. A great deluxe printing.
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toration: 1868 -1912

Category: Women Samurai

Accession Number: DFJN2021PRWS002

Title (Original): 女賊大松
Title: onna zoku oomatsu
Translated Title: The Female Bandit Omatsu

Artist (Original): 豊国III /国貞(1786 – 1864) 

Artist:  Toyokuni III / Kunisada (1786 – 1864)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Signature: Unknown
Seal: Unknown
Publisher (Original): 表記無し
Publisher: Unknown
Engraver: Unknown
Publication Date: 1851 

Acquisition Date: 07 / 05 / 2021
Provenance: Fuji Arts Inc. Suite B, 320 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA.
Lot No: 925563

 

Country of origin: Japan

Size: Vertical ōban. 13 ¾  x 19 3/8 (inches)

Price Paid: USD $ 135.00   AUD $ 175.00
Insurance Value October 2021: AUD $ 550.00
                    
Condition: Excellent detail. Two attached panels, backed with paper. A few holes along and slight separation at ends of horizontal centrefold (repaired). A few creases.

Great kabuki scene from the tale of Omatsu, the female bandit of Kasamatsu Pass. She smiles as she looks over her shoulder at Natsume Shirozaburo, who cradles a baby to his chest. He waves a hand at her dismissively as he turns his head away, frowning angrily. The beauty wears a black kimono patterned with pine branches over a kimono that has red insets featuring skulls and bones, and a suit of armour. A burnished black lacquer makeup chest with a mirror top rests on the floor at left, while the alcove at upper right holds a flower arrangement and a hanging scroll of what might be Omatsu herself. From left, the actors are Bando Shuka I and Ichikawa Danjuro VIII. Nice expressive figures in a handsome detailed interior setting, with burnishing on the black lacquer chest and mirror.

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