Comments - Interesting kabuki scene of the female thief Hitomaru Oroku and a samurai confronting a monk sprawling on the floor. The monk looks up at the warrior with a worried frown as he clutches a sword wrapped in fabric to his chest, a petition tucked into the front of his robe. He uses his foot to push away the cased sword of the samurai, who wears a striking kimono patterned with two-tailed magic foxes, red bolts of lightning, and swirling storm clouds. At left, Oroku watches with a grin, carrying a sword in one hand. Her blue gray kimono features eerie skeletons, worn over a red under robe and tied with a yellow floral obi. The room opens onto a view of the sea, and the panels on either side are decorated with lotus blossoms and leaves. An intriguing image, nicely detailed.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29 5/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Three separate panels. Thinning at edges, small hole, repaired. Vertical centerfold in center panel, a few creases. Please see photos for details.