Comments - Fantastic scene from the kabuki play commonly known as "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami," which features three triplets named Matsuomaru (Pine), Umeomaru (Plum), and Sakuramaru (Cherry). The brothers become the victims of divided loyalties following the treacherous downfall of their sponsor, Sugawara, at the hands of Matsuomaru's employer, Shihei. This dramatic print shows Matsuomaru guarding Shihei as his brothers confront him. Shihei scowls from on top of a cart, raising his arms above his head. He wears a striking robe patterned with dragons and an ornate headdress trimmed with beaded fringe. A lively and colorful image with a bold composition and large expressive figures set off by a deep blue sky.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28 1/8"
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Vertical fold between panels. A couple small holes, repaired. Small marks. Please see photos for details.
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