Comments - Dramatic kabuki scene of a demon disguised as a princess, ready to attack a nobleman in the dance drama "Momijigari" (Maple Viewing).The actors are Ichikawa Sadanji as Taira no Koremochi and Ichikawa Danjuro as Princess Sarashina. While hunting deer, Koremochi met up with a group of beautiful women, including the young Princess Sarashina. Koremochi joined them in a picnic, then took a nap. As he was dozing off, he was visited by a messenger from the god of war who told him to be alert, draw his sword and slay one of the beauties, as she was a demon disguised as a beautiful woman. Here, Koremochi prepares to draw his sword as the witch raises a striped pole above her head to strike him, staring glassy-eyed at her victim. A waterfall rushes down the hillside behind him, and colorful maple leaves fall through the evening air. A great dramatic scene with vibrant color and a softly shaded night sky. Includes lacquer on the black areas of the beauty's obi.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Three attached panels. Vertical folds. A few creases. Please see photos for details.
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