The Syllable Ma for Masakado: Iwai Kumesaburo III as Takiyasha-hime and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Otaku Taro

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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The Syllable Ma for Masakado: Iwai Kumesaburo III as Takiyasha-hime and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Otaku Taro by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Syllable Ma for Masakado: Iwai Kumesaburo III as Takiyasha-hime and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Otaku Taro

Series; The Seven Variations of the Iroha, 1856

The Seven Variations of the Iroha - Handsome design from Toyokuni III's 1856 series pairing kabuki scenes with the kana syllabary in iroha order. These lively images feature expressive figures in handsomely detailed settings. Attractively colored, many include deluxe printing techniques such as bokashi shading or embossing. The red title cartouche at upper right appears to emerge from a demon's mouth, with a text panel next to it in the form of a folding screen. Also in 1856, Toyokuni III completed a supplement series in a very similar format using numbers instead of syllables. A great example of Toyokuni III's fine kabuki prints.

Special detail - Embossing on the white kimono, and the beauty's white collar and lining, a dusting of mica across the top of the night sky.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Good detail. Stitching holes at side, a couple wormholes, repaired.

The Syllable Ma for Masakado: Iwai Kumesaburo III as Takiyasha-hime and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Otaku Taro by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
The Syllable Ma for Masakado: Iwai Kumesaburo III as Takiyasha-hime and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Otaku Taro by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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