Yoshikado Visiting the Old temple at Soma
This triptych captures a popular climatic scene from the kabuki stage. The warrior Taro Yoshikado appears at a temple before a frog sage to ask for supernatural powers to avenge the murder of a warlord. Princess Takiyasha, the daughter of the deceased warlord, lives in hiding at the temple, honing her powers for the same purpose. She appears at the center, releasing a ghost from a chest. In this early work by Kunichika, the influence of Kunisada is clearly evident, particularly in the stylized treatment of the faces.
Woodblock print (in color)
Each sheet: 13 11/16 x 9 11/16 in. (34.8 x 24.6 cm) (show scale)
Publisher's mark: Tsurushin Moriji
Date seal: Dragon 8
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Gift of The Honorable and Mrs. Richard Palmer
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Kunichika Toyohara (Japanese, 1835-1900). Yoshikado Visiting the Old temple at Soma, 1858. Woodblock print (in color), Each sheet: 13 11/16 x 9 11/16 in. (34.8 x 24.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Honorable and Mrs. Richard Palmer, 75.121
detail, center, 75.121_center_IMLS_SL2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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Triptych. Scene from a Kabuki ghost play depicting a samurai seated in left panel, a woman standing over a tansu opened to reveal an apparition in the center panel, and a man to right in the right panel.
Yoshikado is 12th century (Heian) hero, the son of the traitor general Masakado of the Heike clan, who was beheaded after an attempt to seize power. Yasha-hime is his sister, the witch princess Takiyasha, who developed magical powers (with the help of a magic toad) in attempt to assist brother in revenging her father's killing. Story told in several Kabuki plays, including Masakado, but this image isn't an illustration of that play.
Condition: Good. Needs to be matted.
Artist's signature: Kunichika ga
Date Seal: Dragon 8
Publisher's Mark: Tsurushin Moriji
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