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Nakamura Tamasuke I as Moriguchi Kuro (1852) - Framed & Mounted Print

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  • Capturing the beauty of the original artwork

    Every one of our prints is made using the Giclee printing process, for a museum-quality look and feel that does justice to the original art.

    Giclee printing is the gold-standard for preserving the meticulous detail and stunning colors that we love in the Japanese masters. All our prints are fade and fingerprint resistant, so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come.

    We chose to offer 12”x18” (30cm x 45cm) as this was closest to the “chuban” size sheets used for woodblock prints historically.

    All of our prints come with matte finish for a more authentic appearance.

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    Mounting brackets are included and centered on our framed prints and canvas wraps.

    All of our prints are made to last, with fade-resistant colors and materials. See how they arrive in the unboxing videos below.

  • About Art

    Facing clashing swords in a richly decorated kimono, Moriguchi Kuro fiercely readies himself to fight.

    This dynamic scene derives from the kabuki play "The Book of the Eight Dog Heroes", commonly referred to as 'Hakkenden'. A complex story that originally took 30 years to complete, it’s based around eight half-brothers descendant from a dog and so bear the word "dog" in their surnames. Like many Kabuki plays, one of the main inspirations was the Chinese epic novel "The Water Margin", as well as Buddhist philosophy and shintoism. Kabuki actor Nakamura Tamasuke I plays the role of Moriguchi Kurô, although not one of the eight brothers, he is a valiant retainer of Satomi yûshin.

    Take a look at Moriguchi Kuro’s fascinating kimono, the design features ornate hexagons and elegant cranes. The hexagons imitate tortoise shell, which represents strength and long life. The crane is a revered creature, which is said to live for centuries in the land of immortal gods, it is a sign of good luck and used only for the clothes of nobles.

    His 'kesho' (hero make-up) is red which represents a good character, and the striking sweep of crimson exaggerates Moriguchi Kuro’s expression with passion and anger.

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    We're sure you'll love your prints. However, if there are any problems with the printing, we're happy to offer a free exchange or refund 100% of the purchase price. Simply return the print within 30 days. For full details of our refunds and exchanges policy click here.

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