Comments - Great scene from the kabuki play "Ichi no mori Kujira no Oyose" at the Morita Theater of three bonze or Buddhist monks outside a palace at night. They have been bewitched by a magic fox, as evidenced by the foxfires behind them, the flames dancing above the stairs. The seated monk seems in a daze as one of his companions pokes him with a bamboo walking stick. He wears a ragged straw mat as a coat and a yellow loincloth. Each of the men has unusual "catfish whiskers," long sideburns that hang down over their chests. The actors are Nakamura Ganpachi I as Hachiganbo, Nakamura Komajuro I as Sannenbo, and Bando Kichiroku I as Sumirebo. A great supernatural design, detailed with extensive burnishing on the black lacquer stairs and railings.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 1/2" + margin as shown
Condition - Nice detail. A few repairs at edges. Vertical centerfold, folds at corner.
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