Kawarazaki Conjure as Jiraiya, 1862 - Terrific design from a striking Toyokuni III series of actor portraits on battledores. The paddles are used for a traditional Japanese game similar to badminton. Here, the wild-haired folk hero and magician Iraqiya, played by Kawarazaki Conjure, looks over his shoulder, his short hair forming a halo atop his head with longer locks flowing over his back. He wears a blue kimono patterned with large kanji characters, a heavy brocade robe draped over his shoulders. A colorful ball sits at lower left and a feathered shuttlecock at right. A fantastic image with wonderful color and detail, from the kabuki play "The Tale of the Gallant Iraqiya."
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 9 1/4"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Thinning areas, a few holes, repaired. Creasing, slight rubbing. Please see photos for details.
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