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The Sailor Kezori Kuemon in Hakata Kojoro Nami Makura from Woodblock Print Supplements to the Complete Works of Chikamatsu

Kikuchi Keigetsu (1879-1955)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

The Sailor Kezori Kuemon

in Hakata Kojoro Nami Makura

from Woodblock Print Supplements

to the Complete Works of Chikamatsu

by Noda Kyūho 1922-1923


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IHL Cat. #136

About This Print

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 Woodblock Print Supplements to the Complete Works of Chikamatsu.

The Story of Kezori

Source: The Major Plays of Chikamatsu, translated by Donald Keene, Columbia University Press, 1961, p. 4.
The story of "Kezori" is based on a real incident involving a gang of seven smugglers who were caught in Nagasaki and were nose-cut and put in  stocks for three days in Osaka in October 1718. Chikamatsu Monzaemon immediately adapted this event for the puppet theater, writing the drama "Hakata Kojorō Nami Makura", which was staged at the Takemotoza in November 1718.

Source: Amagasaki city website http://www.city.amagasaki.hyogo.jp/web/contents/info/city/city03/chikamatsu/english/C2_p1.html
Soshichi, a merchant in Kyoto, witnesses Kezori Kuemon and his group illegally smuggling materials on a ship going to Hakata. Soshichi is thrown into the ocean, but fortunately survives. When Soshichi visits Kojoro, a courtesan he knows well, he again encounters Kuemon. Kuemon buys Kojoro's freedom and tells Soshichi that he won't kill him but instead, allow him to be with Kojoro and join his group. Soshichi abandons morality in order to continue his love affair. Living in Kyoto, he feels unsafe as Kuemon distrusts him. Soshichi runs away to Oiwake, but is arrested and later commits suicide.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #136
 Title or Description  The Sailor Kezori Kuemon (毛剃九右衛門) in Hakata Kojoro Nami Makura
 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
 Noda Kyūho (1879-1971)
 Signature
九浦 Kyūho
 Seal  unread 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 (b. 1862; act. c. 1911-1947)
 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  11 1/4 x 18 in. (29.2 x 44.5 cm)
 H x W Image  10 5/8 x 17 in. (22.2 x 37.8 cm) measurement includes gray border
 Collections This Print  The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum of Waseda University 201-0390 and 201-0391; Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division LC-DIG-jpd-00227; Rijksmuseum Netherlands RP-P-1990-439
 Reference Literature


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