Iwai Kumesaburo III as the Second Onoe, 1860

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Iwai Kumesaburo III as the Second Onoe, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Iwai Kumesaburo III as the Second Onoe, 1860

Comments - Interesting scene from the play "Kagamiyama Gonichi no Iwafuji" at the Ichimura Theater of Iwai Kumesaburo III as the second Onoe, previously the loyal maid Ohatsu, who served the lady-in-waiting Onoe. After the jealous senior lady-in-waiting Iwafuji replaced a valuable Buddhist statue in Onoe's care with a worthless sandal, hoping to discredit her, the shamed Onoe committed suicide. Ohatsu then took her mistress's name, becoming the second Onoe, vowing to avenge her death. Here, she kneels in the garden holding the Buddhist statue case in her hand, a sly smile on her face as she looks to the side. The palace can be seen behind her in silhouette against the night sky, with cherry blossoms framing the scene overhead. An expressive figure in a handsome setting.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 1/4"

Condition - This print with good detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. Diagonal folds. Small repair, creasing. Please see photos for details.

Iwai Kumesaburo III as the Second Onoe, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Iwai Kumesaburo III as the Second Onoe, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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