Comments - Beautiful triptych illustrating the palace scene from the classic play "Meiboku Sendai Hagi," based on the disputed succession of the Date Clan. The loyal nursemaid Masaoka has been charged with protecting young Tsuruchiyo, so she has been keeping him in the women's private quarters. At upper right, Tsuruchiyo claps his hands with delight as birds take flight after being released from their cage. The prince sits on a cushion atop a platform, a folding screen patterned with herons in flight behind him. In the center Masaoka's son, Senmatsu, sits on the floor next to the birdcage. Masaoka kneels next to a lacquer stand which contains her tea ceremony utensils, smiling as she watches the sparrows fly away. A lacquer stand beside her holds a tea bowl and whisk, and other containers. The room overlooks a garden with a lake framed by blossoming cherry trees. A charming scene with wonderful detail in the elegant palace setting and furnishings. Includes faint embossing on the boy's white robe and burnishing on the black lacquer railings.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29 7/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. Paper mounts on reverse at sides from previous attachment. Horizontal centerfold. A few small repairs, slight creasing, rubbed spot. Please see photos for details.
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