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Bunraku Puppet in the role of Kongōmaru Terutada in Shibaraku from Woodblock Print Supplements to the Complete Works of Chikamatsu

Fan design sample print, Kneeling Nudes

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Bunraku Puppet in the role of

Kongōmaru Terutada in Shibaraku

from Woodblock Print Supplements

to the Complete Works of Chikamatsu

by Nishimura Goun, 1922-1923

Fan design sample print, Kneeling Nudes

IHL Cat. #46

About This Print

bunraku puppet in the role of Kongōmaru Terutada (the superhero), in a Shibaraku Interlude.  One of 18 prints published from 1922 to 1923 as part of the celebration of the two-hundredth anniversary of the death of Chikamatsu Manzaemon (1623-1724), perhaps the greatest dramatist in the history of the Japanese theater. Each design illustrates a scene or character from one of Chikamatsu’s famous works.  For more details on this series go to Supplements of the Complete Works of Chikamatsu Manzaemon.

Shibaraku Interlude

Source: Wikipedia website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shibaraku
A scene of roughly 50 minutes, Shibaraku is not a play unto itself, but a short drama inserted during interludes or in between full plays to provide variety and maintain a certain level of energy and interest on the part of the audience. The plot centers around the figure of Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa, who has become the stereotypical bombastic hero of the kabuki stage, with red-and-white striped makeup and strong, energetic movement. The historical Kamakura Kagemasa is famous for his bravery for having continued to fight after losing an eye in battle in the Gosannen War (1083-1087).

Note the use of gold metallic flakes, applied after the printing.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #46
 Title or Description  Kabuki Bunraku Puppet
 Series  Woodblock Print Supplements to the Complete Works of Chikamatsu
 Dai Chikamatsu zenshu furoku mokuhan 大近松全集 付録木版
 Artist
 Nishimura Goun (1877-1938)
 Signature
Goun saku 五雲作
 Seal  unread red rectangular artist's seal (see above)
 Publication Date  between 1922-1923
 Edition  likely first edition, but the number of editions issued is unknown
 Publisher  Dai Chikamatsu zenshū kankōkai 大近松全集刊行会 (the Complete Work of Chikamatsu Publishing Association)
 Carver  Yamagishi Kazue 1893-1996
 Printer  Nishimura Kumakichi
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous  all prints from this series printed on a light tan-colored paper
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints)
 Format  dai-oban
 H x W Paper  17 7/8 x 11 5/8 in. (45.4 x 29.5 cm)
 H x W Image  15 3/8 x 10 3/4 in. (39.1 x 27.3 cm) measurement includes gray border
 Collections This Print  The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0392
 Reference Literature

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