Ichikawa Danjuro IX in the Role of Saijo Takamori from the Play "Seinan unsei asa higashikaze"
Meiji period (1868–1912)
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Each panel: 14 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (36.2 x 24.8 cm)
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959
Not on view
This triptych illustrates a new type of play in the Meiji period, historical dramas (katsureki), which were promoted by Danjuro IX and which took their inspiration from recent events. Illustrated here is the Seinan rebellion against the Meiji government, which occurred in 1877. In this play, Danjuro, in the center, plays Saijo Takamori, a thinly disguised version of Saigo Takamori, who was the leader of the actual rebellion. Kunichika's use of a bright color for the background reflects the intensity of battle.
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