Scene from Kagami no Ura Hiyoku no Hanatori, 1855

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Scene from Kagami no Ura Hiyoku no Hanatori, 1855 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Kagami no Ura Hiyoku no Hanatori, 1855

Comments - Interesting kabuki scene from the play " Kagami no Ura Hiyoku no Hanatori." Here, the jealous senior lady-in-waiting Iwafuji challenges her junior, Onoe, to a fight to demonstrate her martial arts skills, the test of a true samurai woman. Iwafuji secretly hopes to embarrass Onoe, who comes from a family of commoners. Onoe's loyal maid Ohatsu comes to her mistress's defense, fighting in her place and besting the evil Iwafuji. At right, Iwafuji scowls with rage as Ohatsu volunteers to fight in Onoe's place. Onoe smiles happily at her servant as she waves a fan above her head. She wears a black outer kimono patterned with colorful flowers and pillows over a pink under robe. Ohatsu kneels at left, bowing respectfully, her wooden practice sword on the floor beside her. The palace is elegantly decorated with a screen featuring a setting sun and waves, a wooden panel at left with oversize peonies, and panels depicting a blossoming cherry tree at the back of the room. A handsome design, detailed with burnishing on the black kimono and obi, and faint embossing on the white trim of Iwafuji's robe.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 1/2" x 27 7/8"

Condition - Nice detail. No repairs or damage.

Scene from Kagami no Ura Hiyoku no Hanatori, 1855 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Kagami no Ura Hiyoku no Hanatori, 1855 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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