Kaga and Noto Provinces, 1852 - Handsome woodblock pairing kabuki scenes with two provinces. The top image for Kaga Province shows the beauty Chiyo-jo carrying a bucket to a well with morning glories growing on a brushwood fence. She wears an interesting white kimono patterned with gray spider webs and large blue dragonflies and insects. The scene below for Noto Province features Matsumoto Koshiro V in bold kumadori makeup as the warrior Noto-no-kami Noritsune. He grips a pole arm as he stares over his shoulder with a grim frown, his bush hair and flared sideburns adding to his fierce appearance. A great design from this series, with fine line work in the hair and soft bokashi shading, and a burnished geometric pattern on the black robe at bottom.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 9 1/2" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Horizontal centerfolds. Small repair, a couple creases and stains. Please see photos for details.