Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the play "Hana butai banjaku Soga" at the Nakamura Theater, a drama about the priest Seigen's love for Princess Sakura, which ends in tragedy. In the center, Tonoinosuke Kiyoharu pats the back of his he looks down with a haughty frown at Princess Sakura, who kneels beneath a temple bell on a grassy embankment, smiling happily as she holds her long sleeve between her hands. At left, a beauty dressed in a matching kimono has just made an origami crane from one of the sheets of tissue on the ground before her. Blossoming cherry branches frame the gently undulating water behind the figures, where birds bob on the surface. The actors include Nakamura Shibujaku I as Kiyoharu and Iwai Kumesaburo III as Sakura hime. The first time we've seen this attractive design.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29"
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse at corners from previous mounting. Vertical fold at side. A few creases and creases. Please see photos for details.