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Plate: 356 x 669 mm

This print depicts a scene from a kabuki play (Japanese dance drama) "Kagamiyama Kokyô no Nishikie": the story of a rivalry between ladies in waiting to a samurai. The particular scene shown here comes from the 3rd Act, where, after Onoe discovers that a precious Buddhist statue she had been entrusted with has been replaced with a sandal (the result of Iwafuji's plotting), the malicious Iwafuji uses the sandal to beat Onoe for her 'transgression', sparking a series of unfortunate events.

The plain background and simple composition of this image magnifies the brilliance of the figures and their stunning kimono's and obi's (sashes).

This original unframed print is in good condition for it's age, with some slight soiling, minor holes, and damage to the edges.

***I am pleased to be able to offer a number of original woodblock prints from 19th to early 20th century Japan, and original mid to late 20th century prints from Germany for sale on Each listing starts at it's reserve.

All prints listed are unframed allowing you to decide the best way to display these stunning pictures yourself.

These works of art are antiques and collectors items, the earliest created 21 years ago, while the oldest work in our exhibition is perhaps 200-220 years old. As is to be expected with artistic works on paper as old as these, many of the works show signs of their age. Any damage is described above and depicted in the photographs supplied, but buyers should bear in mind that these works are not in ‘mint’ condition. Nevertheless, in many cases the condition of the print forms part of the of the work, a witness to the piece’s age and history and a point that can potentially be emphasised by sympathetic framing to enhance the aesthetic experience presented by the work.

Please check my other listing for more artwork and visit for more information about these works and the artists.***
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  • Rest of South Island (Non-signature)$7.53
  • Rest of South Island > Rural (Signature)$10.47
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  • Seller location: Christchurch City, Canterbury, NZ

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