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c. 1888


Plate: 359 x 705 mm

Another dramatic kabuki scene from Toyohara Kunichika in which a young boy challenges an angry looking spear-wielding samurai with a fan while others look on.

The spectacular clothing of the actors, particularly the central figure of the youth, stand out from simple features of the actors the elegant background set featuring a painted screen and a large vase or basket with an elegant flower arrangement.

This original unframed print is in good condition for it's age, with vibrant colors. There are some small holes and soiling, consistent with age. The panels do not entirely align

***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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  • Seller location: Christchurch City, Canterbury, NZ

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