Titles of Dance Descriptions - Designed between 1856 and 1858, Toyokuni III's large series "Titles of Dance Descriptions" presents scenes from a variety of kabuki plays, including some from performances a few years prior to publication. Each includes expressive figures in nicely detailed settings, and some feature deluxe treatments such as burnishing or embossing. The title cartouche take the form of two overlapping books, with text featuring the name of the play, the date of the performance, and the roles. These handsome designs are seldom seen, and are a nice choice for a kabuki enthusiast or Toyokuni III collector.
Scene from Ashiya dauman ochi kagami, 1857 - Great scene from the play "Ashiya dauman ochi kagami," which tells the story of a fox who transformed into the beauty Kuzunoha to marry the hunter Abe no Yasuna, who had saved her life. Here, mysterious foxfires dance about the dark evening sky as Kuzunoha stands next to an elegant palanquin. One of the two footmen dances about as if possessed, to the alarm of his fellow servant and the delight of her young son Abe no Seimei. An intriguing scene from this famous tale featuring the actors Otani Hiroji III, Nakamura Dozo, and Kataoka Nizaemon VII in the principle roles. Beautifully detailed with soft shading on the night sky.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Good color and detail. Wormholes and losses at edges, repaired. Slight rubbing at edges.
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