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Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967
Large-head Kabuki Portraits: Actor Ichikawa Danshiro as Benkei
(Kabuki okubi-e: Goh'iki Kanjinchou- Danshiro Benkei)
signed at upper left, Binnie, followed by artist's circular kanji seal Bin-ni, the play title at upper right, Goh'iki Kanjinchou followed by the role and the actor Benkei - Ichikawa Danshiro, numbered in pencil at lower right, 22/100, with date seal Heisei hachi-nen (Heisei 8 ), and signed in pencil on the bottom margin, Paul Binnie, ca. June 1996
dai oban tate-e 16 1/4 by 11 3/8 in., 41.2 by 29 cm
The Actor Ichikawa Danshiro IV (b. 1946) is in the role of Benkei from the play Gohi'iki Kanjincho (The Great Favorite Subscription List). The play is set at the end of the 12th century, following the defeat of the Heike clan. Benkei and his lord Yoshitsune sneak past a group of guards in the guise of priests. The beloved dance drama is still performed to this day, and was observed by the artist as he was composing this design.
Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 80, no. 38