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Nakamura Kichiemon I as Suzagamori no Chobei - Natori  Shunsen prints

Nakamura Kichiemon I as Suzagamori no Chobei

By Natori Shunsen

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Nakamura Kichiemon I as Suzagamori no Chobei - Natori  Shunsen print

Natori Shunsen
1951

Contact Scholten Japanese Art about Nakamura Kichiemon I as Suzagamori no Chobei By Natori Shunsen

Date: 1951

Medium: woodblock

Edition size: n/a

Sheet size: 40.5 by 27 cm

Condition: excellent

Signature: signed

Price: $1500 (excl. taxes)

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with mica background; signed Shunsen with artist's seal Shunsen, published by Watanabe Shozaburo, ca. 1951

dai oban tate-e 16 by 10 5/8 in., 40.5 by 27 cm

The actor Nakamura Kichiemon I (1886-1954) is in the role of Banzuin Chobei from the Execution Ground at Suzugamori scene of the play Ukiyozuka Hiyoku no Inazuma (The Floating World's Patter and Matching Lightening Bolts). Chobei is a chivalrous commoner, or okotodate, who meets the samurai Shirai Gonpachi. Though Gonpachi had been accused of murder, Chobei saw goodness in him and agreed to help the samurai prove the accusations to be fraudulent. Okotodate were morally upstanding characters of low social rank who resist corrupt yet higher status samurai. Chobei was one of the most famous okotodate. His character recurred throughout kabuki theater in adaptations of this story and, eventually, entirely new stories dedicated to his deeds and adventures.

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