Comments - Great depiction of the kabuki scene "Nakano-sho sayaate no ba" at the Kazukiza or Kabuki Theater. In kabuki, "sayaate" is a clash of scabbards between two samurai that leads to a confrontation. Here, the enemies Nagaoya Sanza and Fuwa Banzaemon accidentally brush scabbards on Nakano-cho Street in the Yoshiwara one night. Entrusted by his lord with the care of a precious scroll, Sanza was banished from his clan after the scroll was stolen by the evil Banzaemon, who appears at right dressed in a black robe with a bold design of thunder clouds and red lightning bolts. At left, Sanza lifts his deep basket hat for a closer look, frowning angrily as he recognizes his enemy. In the center, the mistress of a nearby teahouse tries to intervene, smiling slightly at Sanza, a lantern in her hand. Blossoming cherry trees frame the night sky above. From left, the actors are Onoe Kikugoro V, Onoe Ushinosuke II, Nakamura Fukusuke IV, Ichikawa Eizo, and Ichikawa Danjuro IX. A colorful design with expressive figures.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 28" + margins as shown
Condition - Nice color and detail. A few repairs, mostly at edges. Light creasing throughout.
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