Female Samurai
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Series: The Meiji Period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai)
Restoration: 1868 - 1912
Category: Women Samurai

Accession Number: DFJN2021PRJW010

Title (Original): 女戦士トモエ五禅
Title: onna senshi tomoe go zen
Translated Title: Female Warrior Tomoe Gozen

Artist (Original):                
Artist: Shunsen (Shunko II) Katsukawa (1762-1830)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Signature: Shunko
Publisher (Original):
Censor: Kiwame
Publication Date:  c.1820s

Acquisition Date: 20 September 2021

artelino GmbH
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Country of Origin: Japan
Size: Oban tate-e   36.5 x 25cm

Condition: Good ccolour and detail. Slight toned. Slightly soiled. Some creases.
A horizontal centre-fold. Two holes at lower left.
The renowned female warrior Tomeo Gozen (top) fighting samurai Hishida (Onda) Hachiro Moroshige. Both of them are tumbling down the steep mountain side.

Shunsen Katsukawa was a pupil of the Rimpa School master Tsutsumi Torin III. He designed prints from about 1805 to 1821. In 1806/07, Shunsen became a student of Katsukawa Shun’ei, and changed his name feom “Kojimachi Shunsen” to “Katsukawa Shunsen”. In 1820 he succeeded Katsukawa Shunkō I, becoming Katsukawa Shunkō II. In the late 1820s, he ceased producing woodblock prints and devoted himself to painting ceramics. He died c.1830. Shunsen is best known for his genre scenes, landscapes, and prints of beautiful women.



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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