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Kunisada

Onoe Kikujiro II as Fusahachi's Wife Nui (1852)

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  • About the Art

    Dressed in beautifully patterned kimono, Nui gazes out of the window onto a shadowy dark figure.

    This scene derives from the kabuki play "The Book of the Eight Dog Heroes", commonly referred to as 'Hakkenden'. The story is based around eight half brothers who are 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", but also Buddhist philosophy and shintoism.

    Fusahachi kills both himself and his wife Nui in atonement for his grandfather’s sins, filal piety, and to assist the characters in the story. The character Shino has tetanus and is a wanted man running from the authorities. Fusahachi believes that he resembles Shino, and so commits suicide in the hopes of being mistaken for him. It was also believed that the blood of a young man and a young woman could help cure the disease, so their sacrifice was seen as assisting a higher cause; Shino’s life.

    Nui’s hair is made-up in the traditional edo-period hairstyle 'shimada-mage', with large ornaments and hair pins made from tortoise shell. The long ornaments with rounded ends are known as 'mimikaki', and were designed to resemble an ear pick. In the 1700’s, the government placed bans on luxury items, Kanzashi being one of them. By creating hair pins to look like ear picks, they were deemed as a necessary daily item, and stayed fashionable throughout the Edo and Meiji periods.

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