Paul Binnie, Scottish, b. 1967
The Famous 18 Plays: The Thunder God
(Kabuki ju-hachiban: Narukami)
kappazuri (stencil print) on black washi paper with highlights in gold and brass pigment; signed in the composition, Binnie, signed and numbered at bottom margin in red crayon, Paul Binnie 21/80, followed by artist's seal bin-ni, and date seal Heisei roku-nen (Heisei 6 ), ca. June 1994
dai oban tate-e 18 1/4 by 12 3/8 in.
46.5 by 31.5 cm
In 1840, Ichikawa Danjûrô VII (1791- 1859) compiled a list of 18 kabuki plays, the Kabuki jû-hachiban, representing the most noteable plays, acts, and scenes in the repertory of the Ichikawa acting-family dynasty. This print depicts Narukami in a famous 'pillar-wrapping' scene: as he grips a pillar while consumed by anger his kimono seems to burst into flames.
Reference: Paul Binnie: A Dialogue with the Past - The First 100 Japanese Prints, 2007, p. 56, no. 14
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