Scene from Hakata Kojoro, 1837

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Scene from Hakata Kojoro, 1837 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Scene from Hakata Kojoro, 1837

Comments - Terrific scene from the kabuki play "Hakata Kojoro" at the Nakamura Theater, a tale about the pirate Kezori. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Danzo V as the merchant Komachiya Soshichi, Iwai Tojaku I as Mikuni Kojoro, and Ichikawa Ebizo V as Kezori Kuemon. The unfortunate Soshichi becomes mixed up in one of Kezori's smuggling plots. Here, the pirate has just tossed the hapless merchant overboard after he accidentally witnessed the robber and his gang smuggling from a barge. Soshichi's sweetheart, the courtesan Kojoro, seems about to leap over the edge to join him, a rather crazed expression on her face as she waves a letter. At right, Kezori steps on the hem of Kojoro's outer kimono to keep her on board. He wears a button-front coat over a tunic and black pants, a heavy brocade robe draped over his shoulder. Soshichi clings to the edge of a smaller boat, waves crashing around him, a crescent moon glows in the black night sky. A great image with expressive figures and a striking setting.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 3/4" x 30 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - Good detail. A few small repairs and creases.

Scene from Hakata Kojoro, 1837 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Scene from Hakata Kojoro, 1837 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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