Paper Model Sets - Fuji Arts is pleased to offer a terrific group of complete and uncut paper model sets. These entertaining 19th century prints were designed to be cut apart and formed into three-dimensional models. An inset cartouche provides an example of the finished scene once assembled. Using the scene as a guide, the model builder could cut out the different components of the scene from the prints and create the model. Sets usually include a variety of figures, accessories, and background elements, brightly colored and nicely detailed, with subjects ranging from kabuki plays to famous samurai battles.
Not many complete sets survive. Collectors are lucky to own a single print from a model set - a complete paper model scene is an almost unprecedented opportunity. These are incredibly rare pieces and would make a terrific addition to any collection. Take advantage of this great opportunity before it passes you by - bid now!
Comments - Terrific five panel paper model set illustrating Act 11 from the classic kabuki play "Kanadehon Chushingura," based on the true story of the 47 ronin. In Act 11, the ronin attack Lord Moronao's palace on a winter night, battling his retainers in the snowy courtyard and around the mansion. The figures include ronin dressed in their trademark black and white dogtooth bordered robes, engaged in fighting, along with two of Moronao's men leading him to a hiding place. The extensive setting incorporates the palace and garden, with walkways along the mansion, an interior room, a bridge over a pond, and snow-covered trees and shrubs. A great uncut kabuki paper model, attractively colored and complete in five panels.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - Each panel approximately 13 5/8" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Separate panels. This item with bright and clean colors. One small hole in top corner from previous string binding, as is usual for paper model prints. Please see photos for details.