Comments - Dramatic kabuki scene of an evil shirabyoshi dancer raising a stick above her as two men scramble backwards before her. She tugs at her long hair as she leers at them, her blue stage makeup adding to her fierce appearance. At left, a warrior eyes her suspiciously as he holds up his cased sword with one hand, a bamboo pole in the other. His black outer robe is pushed down to the waist, revealing a blue cloud print vest over armor trimmed with black fur cuffs. The top of a temple bell can be seen at lower right, with blossoming cherry branches framing the scene above. From left, the principle actors are Ichikawa Sadanji and Nakamura Shikan. Nice large expressive figures, detailed with fine line work in the hair, burnishing on the black robe, and embossing on the white crests on the black robe and the white trim of the beauty's kimono. The first time we've seen this lively design.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Nice color and detail.
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