Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura, 1848

by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura, 1848 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Original Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura, 1848

Comments - Great scene from the kabuki play "Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura" of a magic fox leaping off a verandah with a drum caught between his teeth. In the drama, a fox disguises himself as Minamoto no Yoshitsune's loyal retainer Sato Tadanobu in an effort to retrieve a drum that the samurai had given to his sweetheart, Lady Shizuka. Here, he makes his escape after getting the drum, holding his hands out before him like paws as he begins to reveal his true animal nature. Lady Shizuka kneels on the verandah at right, watching him with a smile, while Yoshitsune frowns angrily as he looks up, his brows slightly furrowed. Cherry trees with white blossoms stand out against the evening sky. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Bando Shuka I, and Ichikawa Danjuro VIII. A nicely detailed design with expressive figures.

Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 5/8"

Condition - Good detail. A couple small wormholes, repaired.

Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura, 1848 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura, 1848 by Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)

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