Thieves Stopping a Palanquin, 1857

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Thieves Stopping a Palanquin, 1857 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Thieves Stopping a Palanquin, 1857

Comments - Intriguing kabuki scene of thieves stopping a palanquin along the shore, the rogue in the center drawing his sword as the passenger grabs his elbow, pleading for mercy. At right, another thief grabs the money bag of a samurai, holding it high in one hand as his victim grips the drawstring cord around his neck while reaching for the other attacker's sword. A beauty has tumbled to the ground at left, pulled off balance as the passenger tugs on her obi. She smiles slyly, her head scarf caught between her teeth. A commoner with a straw mat slung around his back waits at left, his arms folded across his chest, making no move to intervene in the commotion. Tiny white sails dot the horizon under a gray night sky, with fishing boats anchored at left and a pine tree framing the water at right. The actors include Iwai Kumesaburo III as the daughter of Sekawa and Kataoka Nizaemon VIII. A great image with an attractive night setting along the water's edge.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 28 3/8"

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with somewhat stiff paper. Vertical fold at side, slight rubbing and rippling. Please see photos for details.

Thieves Stopping a Palanquin, 1857 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Thieves Stopping a Palanquin, 1857 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)