Kochoro Hosai, New Kabuki, Yuki no Danmari

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Kochoro Hosai (1848-1920)
Title: New play at Kabuki-za, Silence in the Snow (Suikoden Yuki no Danmari)
Publisher: Katada Chojiro
Date: 1893
Size: (R) 24.8 x 37 (C) 24.7 x 36.9 (L) 24.7 x 36.8 cm
Condition: Minor spots and red smudges, mostly on the margins.

Triptych with actors playing Suikoden heroes Kumonryu (The Nine-dragoned) Shinshin and Kaosho (The Flower Priest) Rochishin fighting each other with long sticks in the kabuki play Suikoden Yuki no Danmari. Kaosho Rochishin's body is tattooed with cherry blossoms and Kumonryu Shinshin is adorned with dragons. Historically, the brief bloom of cherry blossoms symbolises the short life of a warrior, while dragons stand for strength and wisdom as mythical creatures. The 'danmari' of the title is a slow, tense and highly stylised dance, a choreographed performance between two actors in the roles of two heroes of the Suikoden. This play was a success with the audiences partly because of the extraordinary quality of the dance and also because of the dramatic staging and the lavish tattoos that covered the bared bodies of both performers.

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Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Kunisada III Utagawa
Title Silence in the Snow (Suikoden Yuki no Danmari)
Subject Samurai & Male, Kabuki, Tattoo
Dimensions (R) 24.8 x 37 (C) 24.7 x 36.9 (L) 24.7 x 36.8 cm