Comments - Interesting kabuki scene of a trio along the shore. At left, the boatman Araiso no Namizo flings his hands out at his sides with an angry grimace as he tilts his head to the side. In the center, the onnadate or female street knight Ikazuchi Otsuru watches him with a happy grin, seemingly unconcerned by his anger. She has a sword tucked at her side and a shakuhachi flute in one hand, her blue kimono decorated with flowers, a koto, and an axe with flames on the head. At right, fisherman Urashima Tarosaku eyes her suspiciously as he holds out a scroll, a fishing pole resting against his shoulder. His robe features fishing nets hung out to dry. Undulating waves lap at the shore behind them beneath a large pine tree. From left, the actors are Kawarazaki Gonjuro I, Onoe Kikugoro IV, and Bando Hikosaburo IV. Nice expressive figures in an attractive setting.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 28 3/8"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Vertical folds at side. A few repairs and creases, slight rubbing and curling, light horizontal lines where backing papers meet. Please see photos for details.
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