Arts and Designs of Japan
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Artist Chikanobu
Title Left: Iwai Hanshiro VIII as Kishino's mistress Oaki and Nakamura Sojuro as Takenokami (Ikegami) Shiro
Center: Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Saijo (Saigo) Takamori
Right: Onoe Kikugoro V as Minohara (Shinohara) Kunimoto and Ichikawa Sadanji as Kishino (Kirino) Toshiaki
Play Okige no Kumo Harau Asagochi – The Morning East Wind Clearing the Clouds of the Southwest
Date 1878
Publisher Yamamura Kinsaburo
Format Oban triptych (28 7/8" X 14")
Comment Burnishing on the black areas; sheets backed and attached
This illustrates a play about the Satsuma Rebellion, just a year before. Apparently the use of fireworks to simulate gunfire and explosions was a big success. See Coats, Chikanobu p. 23.
Price $250.
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