Posted by Irwin (188.8.131.52) on May 24, 2011 at 00:57:48:
In Reply to: Re: Foxes Frontispiece posted by CPS on May 23, 2011 at 17:49:19:
Very interesting. However, I can't relate the scene in the frontispiece to the scene being illustrated in the Kuniyoshi print, except for the beating on the mokugyo. In the frontispiece the foxed faced character with the mokugyo seems to be protecting the fox-faced lady (courtesan?) from two fox-faced attackers. According to the ThingsJapanese website the Kuniyoshi scene depicts "Shameisabur˘ Sekishű, in a wide hat and black robe, holding a mokugyo, with his foot on the neck of the prostrate monk Haijokai at the back gate of the palace of Y˘yű." Of course, the frontispiece could be illustrating another or related scene from Suikoden (adopted to kabuki) or perhaps just illustrating a story based on Suikoden.) Perhaps someone else will also comment.
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