Comments - Terrific scene from the kabuki play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura." In the drama, a magic fox disguises himself as Yoshitsune's loyal retainer Sato Tadanobu in an effort to retrieve a drum that the samurai had given to his sweetheart, Lady Shizuka. At left, Shizuka attacks the fox after he has stolen the drum, slashing at the instrument with a sword. The fox falls backwards, its true animal form revealed in the shadow on the shoji panel. At right, Yoshitsune stands on the porch of a mansion, scowling as he looks over down at the real Sato Tadanobu, who sits on the ground at the foot of the septs. Behind him, a warrior strikes a pose gripping a naginata. A fantastic design with a beautifully detailed setting. The first time we've seen this attractive subject. Include embossing on the fox's white kimono.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 28 1/4"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. A couple small repairs, a few creases, slight rubbing at edge. Please see photos for details.
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