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CHIKANOBU, Toyohara
(1838 - 1912)
Scene from the kabuki play:
Sekigahara East-West War Chronicle
performed at the Ichimura-za in Septmeber 1881 -

Signed:                  Yoshu Chikanobu fude
Carver:                  Katada Hocho
Printer:                  Tadayoshi Hashimoto
Date:                       September 1st, 1881
Publisher:              Okura Magobei
Size:                        oban triptych (c.  36.5 x 24 cms / 14 3/8" x 9 1/2", each sheet)



Condition:
SUPERB impression and color; slight color offset in the
face of the actor in the center sheet, else fine condition.
FIRST editon impression. - RARE.

ref. no.: # 571732
Price: € 690.00

The prints illustrates a scene from the kabuki play, "Sekigahara east-west war chronicle" (Sekigahara Tôzai Gunki), performed at the Ichimura-za in September 1881.

The actors and their roles are (from right to left):
- Suketakaya Takasuke IV as Ishida Mistunari
- Arashi Rikan IV as Shima Kiyooki (aka: Shima Sakon)
- Kataoka Gato III (Nizaemon XI) as ?
- Kataoka Ichizo III as Yasojima Shikibu
- Nakamura Tokizo I (Nakamura Karoku III) as Iwasa Gosuke (?)
- Kataoka Gado III (Nizaemon X) as Otani Yoshitsugu

The play deals with the decisive Battle of Sekigahara on October 21, 1600, which lead to the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate. - Tokugawa Ieyasu took three more years to consolidate his position of power over the Toyotomi clan and the daimyo, but Sekigahara is widely considered to be the unofficial beginning of the Tokugawa bakufu, the last shogunate to control Japan. Japan had a long period of peace after the battle.


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