Ôban tate-e: 35.1 x 23.5cm image; 41.7 x 28.2cm sheet
This image might be part of triptych or diptych.
Produced in the mid to late 19th century, the period often referred to as the 'decadent' period of ukiyo-e; the subject matter reflects the feeling of unrest in Japan when the Shogunate Government was losing its grip on the rising powers of merchants & progressive regions. The subtlety of the pleasure seeking 'floating world' of earlier times gave way to depictions of emotional drama or violence taken from historical battles, stories of heroic deeds & the kabuki theatre. This period also produced intimate images of ordinary women in a manner which suggests an influence of Western paintings.
Kunichika started publishing the actor series in 1869.
AJIOKA Chiaki (Japan) (Curator), Heroes and villains: from Japan's floating world, Sydney, May 2001, 6. cat.no. 1.10
Heroes and Villains, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 19 May 2001–19 Aug 2001.