Actors as the Seven Lucky Gods, circa 1850

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Actors as the Seven Lucky Gods, circa 1850 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Actors as the Seven Lucky Gods, circa 1850

Comments - Terrific kabuki scene of actors in a play about the Soga Brothers, while also representing Japan's famous Seven Lucky Gods sailing in their treasure ship. At upper left, Soga Goro holds out a tray with Daikoku's magic mallet atop it. At lower right, Yawata Saburo holds a crane under one arm and a sword in the other as a parody of Ebisu holding a red snapper and a fishing pole. Beside him, the beauty Oiso no Tora stands in for the Goddess Benzaiten, cradling a lute wrapped in cloth between her arms. In the center, the nobleman Kudo Saemon Suketsune glares at the brothers while their friend, Kobayashi Asahina sits below, leaning on a cloth bag representing Hotei. The ship has a striking dragon prow, with a crane flying above and a minogame or straw-raincoat turtle at lower right, both auspicious symbols. The right panel features Arashi Kichisaburo III as Saburo, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Omi Kotota, and Iwai Kumesaburo III as Oiso no Tora. The center panel includes Sawamura Chojuro V as Asahina, and Ichikawa Ebizo V as Suketsune. A fantastic design with wonderful detail, including embossing on the feathers of both cranes.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14" x 28 3/4"

Condition - Good detail. Repairs, wrinkling throughout.

Actors as the Seven Lucky Gods, circa 1850 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Actors as the Seven Lucky Gods, circa 1850 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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