Comments - Intriguing kabuki scene which features two male geisha (otoko geisha) performing a dance as a female geisha watches. At left, Arinaka hops on one foot as he waves two folding fans in each hand, one behind his back. At right, Shinko also lifts his foot as he strikes a pose with a fan in one hand, and a small box with a drawer trailing white ribbon in the other. Standing behind the smiling beauty, a commoner carrying a shakujou, a staff topped with a ringed final carried by Buddhist monks and pilgrims, watches the performance with a worried frown. From left, the actors are Kawarazaki Gonjuro I, Iwai Shijaku II (formerly Kumesaburo) III as the geisha, Matsumoto Kinsho, and Bando Hikosaburo V. A fascinating subject with a wonderfully detailed setting.
Artist - Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Image Size - 14" x 28 3/8" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. Large V-shaped tear with small loss, thinning along vertical folds at sides, repaired. Slight creasing, a few marks. Please see photos for details.