Series; Great Swords of Kabuki Collected, 1862
Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Inuyama Dosetsu - Terrific kabuki portrait of Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Inuyama Dosetsu, one of the famous Eight Dog Warriors and a magician who could control fire and water. He is shown here making a magical gesture with one hand while clutching a scroll in his other hand, frowning sternly as he concentrates on a spell. He wears a monk's hood and a gray robe over his armor, a round mirror hung around his neck. Flames and smoke swirl up behind him, with ashes and leaves flying above pine sprigs. A fantastic composition with a beautiful sense of movement in the smoke heightened by careful shading. A great design.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 3/4"
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Crease on face, a couple small marks. Please see photos for details.