Mirrors as Stylish Collage Pictures: Kajiwara Heizo Kagetoshi

Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III)

Mirrors as Stylish Collage Pictures: Kajiwara Heizo Kagetoshi

ca. 1860

woodblock print

14 by 9 3/4 in., 35.6 by 24.7 cm

Scholten Japanese Art

New York, NY

212.585.0474

Under $2,200

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A portrait of the actor Nakamura Tsuruzo I (Nakamura Nakazo III, 1809-1886) in the role of Kajiwara Heizo Kagetoki, a historical general from the 12th century infamous for his ambiguous loyalties who appears in several kabuki plays, often as a traitor. However he is presented favorably as a sabakiyaku (a man of intelligence and good judgement who undermines the villain) in a famous scene known as Ishikiri Kajiwara (Stone-Cutting Kajiwara), which originated as part of the third act of the five-act drama Miura no Osuke Obai Tazuna, first staged in Osaka in 1730 but has been staged as an independent drama since 1892.