Description:There are several different versions to the kabuki dance-drama thematized on “shakkyo" (stone bridge). It is based on a mythical legend - in the holy mountains of Seiryozan in China, there is a legendary stone bridge, and a shishi-lion spirit serves and protects the bodhisattva. He playfully appears amidst the peony flowers and gallantly swings his mane. In this particular print, there are no inscriptions of the precise name of the play, but from the publication year and the name of the actor, Onoe Kikugoro, it is assumed to be the performance that took place in December 1891 at Shintomiza Theatre (at the time known as Fukanoza), when Onoe Kikugoro V appeared with his adopted son Onoe Kikunosuke II and Onoe Eizaburo V (later to become Onoe Baiko VI). The play was called Yukitsubute Iwao-no Shakkyo. The dynamic movement of the father and children's long manes are captured, and the brave men in yoten costume courageously attempts to capture them with peony branches. The stream of water gushes from Seiryozan mountain and vividly depicts the legend of shakkyo.
(Completed Size: 40cm(w) x 30cm(d) x 27cm(h))