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Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967
A Great Mirror of the Actors of the Heisei Period: Actor Ichikawa Ennosuke as the Demon Kurozuka
(Heisei yakusha o-kagami: Ennosuke - Kurozuka)
with mica on the hair and collar; the series and print title cartouches at upper left, with hand numbered limited edition cartouche, hachi/hyaku (8/100), signed in silver below, Bin-ni, with red artist's seal Binnie, and date seal Heisei kyu-nen (Heisei 9 ), numbered in pencil on the bottom margin, 8/100, and signed Paul Binnie, ca. July 1997
oban tate-e 7 1/8 by 12 1/4 in., 43.6 by 31 cm
The actor Ichikawa Ennosuke III (Ichikawa Eno II, b. 1939) is in the role of the old woman Iwate, who is in reality a demon, from the play Kurozuka (Kurozuka). The play is a dance drama, first staged in 1939, about a group of travelling priests who request lodgings at Iwate's home. She welcomes them and tells them the story of her past, but warns the priests to never look into her room. A priest named Tarogo disobeys her command, and in her anger she turns into a demon and vanishes from the house. The priests pray, in the hopes of bringing the demon back to the world and finding it salvation. She returns, and the priests manage to sap Iwate of her strength and defeat the evil within her.
Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 91, no. 50