The Twelve Hours: Hour of the Dog, 1859

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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The Twelve Hours: Hour of the Dog, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
The Twelve Hours: Hour of the Dog, 1859

Comments - Charming scene of beauties performing a play during the hour of the dog, a two-hour period which corresponds to 8 to 10 pm. Using a low wooden platform as a stage, a shirabyoshi dancer gracefully waves her fan in a scene from the play commonly known as "Musume Dojoji." She dances about under a large temple bell with cherry blossoms overhead, two other women taking the parts of monks. A matron kneels at right next to wooden clappers on a board, while at lower left, candles are extended on a small wooden tray to light the actors. A princess and a young girl seated on the floor watch happily, while, musicians provide accompaniment on shamisen at left. An attractive design with a wonderfully detailed setting.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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

Condition - Good detail. A few small repairs, vertical fold at side.

The Twelve Hours: Hour of the Dog, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
The Twelve Hours: Hour of the Dog, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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