Sisters Battling a Murderer, 1847 - 1852

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Sisters Battling a Murderer, 1847 - 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sisters Battling a Murderer, 1847 - 1852

Comments - Terrific scene of the courtesan Miyagino and her younger sister Shinobu battling with their father's murderer, Shiga Danshichi. The two women swore to avenge his death, and after secretly training in the martial arts, challenged Shiga to a duel. They are shown here fighting the warrior in an arena enclosed by tent walls, with samurai and nobleman gathered to watch. Scowling, Shiga grips his weapon above his head with both hands, ready to strike the fallen Shinobu, who thrusts her sword at him. Guards restrain him with bamboo poles as another man hurries across the yard carrying a dipper of water. At left, flings the end of a chain attached to a sickle as she rushes to her sister's aid. The beauties wear pink kimono over their armor, the sleeves tied back out of the way with gray sashes. An incredible depiction of these heroic women, who succeeded in killing Shiga. Fantastic detail in the expressive figures and setting.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 29 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Three separate panels. Thinning at edges, a few holes, repaired. Creasing throughout. Please see photos for details.

Sisters Battling a Murderer, 1847 - 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Sisters Battling a Murderer, 1847 - 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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