Artist: Keisai Eisen (渓斎英泉)

Print: Surimono parody of the armor-pulling scene, the kusazuribiki [草摺引],
of the Soga brothers tale: Asahina and a courtesan holding a spindle

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Dates: circa 1815,created
Dimensions: 7.0 in,7.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Keisai Eisen ga (渓斉英泉画)
Artist's seal: Sen

Related links: Harvard Museums - surimono of the kuzasubiriki; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - similar surimono parody;

Physical description:

The original motif shows Asahina pulling at the armor of Soga no Goro.

Is the courtesan with the spindle a stand-in Weaver Maiden?

Kabuki21 says: "The armour-pulling scene (kusazuribiki) is a famous sogamono, a dance related to the tales of the Soga brothers, Soga Gorō Tokimune and Soga Jūrō Sukenari, who plan to take revenge on their father’s murderer, the evil Kudō Saemon Suketsune. The hot-blooded Gorō, believing his brother to be in mortal danger, rushes out from hiding to his defense, only to be held back by the legendary warrior Kobayashi no Asahina, who pulls the lappets of Gorō's armor to stop the impetuous young man. Asaina's costume usually bears the crest of a crane in a circle while Gorō's costume bears the Soga butterfly crest. A contest of strength ensues and the armor is torn in two pieces."