Description Nikki Danjo is an evil character in the play "Meibutsu Sendai Hagi" (The Disputed Succession). He joins a group of conspirators who plan to kill the lord of Oshu and his son. When a list of the conspirators falls into the hands of the son's loyal nurse, Nikki Danjo retrieves it from her room by using his occult powers to change into a rat. A guard strikes at the rat as it emerges with a roll of paper in its mouth, but it vanishes in a cloud of white smoke. In the rat's place is Nikki Danjo-with a fresh wound on his brow that can be seen in Kunichika's print.
Provenance Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr. [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1991, by gift.
Inscriptions [Signature] Oju Kunichika
Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Snell, Jr., 1991
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