Lot 2197. Severed heads of a double suicide (shinjû)

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Auction date:04.12.2018   11:00
Lot 2197Severed heads of a double suicide (shinjû)
Japan. Edo Period. 18./19. Century

Ink, opaque white and Red on paper. On a thin cardboard laminated on a frame. Behind glass with passe-partout framed. The two severed heads are depicted realistically. The blackened teeth of the woman on the left and the white of the man on the right, to allow the identification of sex, as well as the design of the hair. These are intertwined and connect the lovers, even after her death.

The double suicide of a dear couple who sees no other way out, in Japan is considered highly romantic. Known the theme of the Bunraku play 'Sonezaki Shinjû', first performed in 1703, he is very Monzaemon.

Due to the Format, it could be a section of a transverse role in the theme of the severed heads (jap. namakubi) was treated. By Hokusai, there are paintings with the severed heads of people of various strata of society. In one of our rooms was in the 347. Auction in Dec. 2014 as Lot 249 a image with two heads for 135,000 euros sold. 33 x 72cm, frame 59.5 x 99cm. Condition B. moisture damage, and yellowed.
-Private Collection, Belgium. On the back of the frame, the label of a framework for action in Paris from the early 1900's

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