Comments - Great scene from the kabuki play "Azuma Kudari Gojusan Tsugi" at the Kawarazaki Theater of the samurai Jirai Taro at right, who is actually Takekawa Iganosuke, holding up a small package wrapped in cloth, a worried expression on his face as he examines it. Behind him, the woman warrior Hitomaru Oroku holds a straw mat as she looks up at him, sprawls on the ground before her. She wears a robe patterned with a dragon and swirling clouds and trimmed with fringe over armor. At left, the monk Tennichibo watches the beauty with a frown, lifting his woven hat for a better look, a water dipper on the ground before him. A few tree trunks in dark silhouette against the night sky provide a forest setting. The actors include Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Tennichibo, Bando Shuka I as Oroku, and Arashi Rikan III as Jirai Taro. An interesting design with expressive figures, soft shading on the background, and embossing on the white fur of the tunic at right.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 29 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few small repairs and creases. Please see photos for details.
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