Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the play "Yoshitsune Senbon-zakura" at the Ichimura Theater of a actors performing on a stage accompanied by musicians and chanters on a low platform behind them. In the center, a magic fox who has disguised himself as Yoshitsune's loyal retainer Sato Tadanobu crouches forward in an animal-like manner, a worried frown on his faces as he watches the shirabyoshi dancer and Yoshitsune's sweetheart Shizuka out of the corners of his eyes. Lady Shizuka looks back at him with an alarmed expression, her mouth slightly agape and eyes wide as she begins to realize his true nature. Behind them, men in matching rust colored kamishimo and black kimono play shamisen and read from small lecterns, framed by a blossoming cherry tree overhead. The actors include Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the fox and Onoe Kikugoro IV as Shizuka. An interesting image from this popular drama with an unusual format.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse at corners from previous mounting. Horizontal centerfold. A few repairs and stains, wrinkling throughout. Please see photos for details.