Mirrors for Collage Pictures in the Modern Style: Kanawa Goro Imakuni

Utagawa Kunisada (aka Toyokuni III)

Mirrors for Collage Pictures in the Modern Style: Kanawa Goro Imakuni

1859

woodblock print

14 3/8 by 9 3/4 in., 36.4 by 24.8 cm

Scholten Japanese Art

New York, NY

212.585.0474

Under $2,200

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This print is from a series featuring actors viewed as a reflection from a black and gold framed bronze mirror accompanied by a poem in their own hand. The actor Kataoka Nizaemon VIII (1810-1863) is in the role of Kanawa Goro Imakuni from the play Imoseyama Onna Teikin(Imoseyama, an Example of Womanly Virtue). Imakuni, a loyal retainer, gets involved in palace intruige between his lord Fujiwara Kamatari and the magical daimyo Soga Iruka. His task is to assassinate Iruka at a party while disguised as a fisherman. Despite surviving multiple attempts on his own life, he manages to make a paste made from the hoof of a deer and the blood of a jealous woman, with which he breaks Iruka's magic and kills the evil lord.