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Sawamura Sojuro V as Kan Shōjō (1860)

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

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  • About the Art

    Striking an intense ‘mie pose’, flames electrify on Kan Shōjō’s kimono in this dynamic portrait.

    This scene is taken from the kabuki play "Sugawara and the Secrets of Calligraphy".It’s based on the life of 'Sugawara no Michizane', referred to here as the emperor’s right-hand, Kan Shōjō. In strikingly vibrant colour and detail, this piece by Kunisada is a classic form of 'okibe-e' or "big head pictures".

    As the play goes, the emperor falls ill, so a stand-in must be found. Prince Tokiyo is chosen at the suggestion of Kan Shōjō. Shinhei, Kan Shōjō’s enemy, believes him to be plotting a scheme, as he believes Tokiyo is in love with Kan Shōjō’s daughter Kariya. The young couple meet secretly but are spotted by Shihei’s spies and forced to flee and hide. Having received the news, the emperor summons Kan Shōjō to the palace and accuses Kan Shōjō of plotting his abdication in order to seize power, so Kan Shōjō is exiled.

    In Edo period funeral rituals, burial kimonos were usually white, and in Shintoism, white is the colour of ritual purity. Look at the striking flames on Kan Shōjō’s white kimono. In Japanese philosophy, 'ka' (fire) represents drive and passion, and is associated with desires and motivations. However, these flames could also be 'hitodama', and when associated with a white kimono, could suggest that Kan Shōjō is a 'yūrei'; a Japanese form of ghost. But after all, this play is also based on Sugawara no Michizane’s life. After he was exiled by the emperor, it is said that the emperor’s palace was continuously struck by lightning, thought to have been Sugawara’s evil spirit, and perhaps another reason forKan Shōjō’s flames.

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