Scene from On'atsurae Satsuma no shingata, 1856

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Scene from On'atsurae Satsuma no shingata, 1856 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from On'atsurae Satsuma no shingata, 1856

Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the play "On'atsurae Satsuma no shingata" at the Nakamura Theater, which tells the story of the warrior Satsuma Gengobei, who falls in love with the geisha Koman. Here, she holds a shamisen upon which she has written the characters for "godairiki," a pledge of fidelity when written by a geisha to her lover. Unknown to her, the evil samurai Sasano Gengobei has altered the characters to look like a pledge to himself. Unaware of the trick, the jealous Satsuma Gengobei will kill Koman in a fit of anger. Here, the beauty shyly hands the instrument to her sweetheart Satsuma. He accepts the offering with a frown, staring back at the geisha. The black lacquer shamisen case lies open on the floor behind them, and a writing set rests on the floor at far lower left. Oddly, an octopus appears to be draped over a black lacquer sword rack in the background at right. From left, the actors are Iwai Kumesaburo III and Kataoka Gado II. A great image from this popular play.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 19 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Good detail. Thinning at edges, a few small holes, repaired. Light diagonal folds and creasing.

Scene from On'atsurae Satsuma no shingata, 1856 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from On'atsurae Satsuma no shingata, 1856 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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