by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Paper Model Sets - Fuji Arts is pleased to offer a terrific group of complete and uncut paper model sets. These entertaining 19th century prints were designed to be cut apart and formed into three-dimensional models. An inset cartouche provides an example of the finished scene once assembled. Using the scene as a guide, the model builder could cut out the different components of the scene from the prints and create the model. Sets usually include a variety of figures, accessories, and background elements, brightly colored and nicely detailed, with subjects ranging from kabuki plays to famous samurai battles.
Not many complete sets survive. Collectors are lucky to own a single print from a model set - a complete paper model scene is an almost unprecedented opportunity. These are incredibly rare pieces and would make a terrific addition to any collection. Take advantage of this great opportunity before it passes you by - bid now!
Comments - Fantastic three panel paper model set illustrating the popular kabuki play "Seki no to" at the Kabukiza Theater. The drama tells the story of the barrier guard Sekibei, who tries to chop down a cherry tree while drunk. He is suddenly confronted by the beautiful courtesan Sumizome, who is actually the spirit of the cherry tree come to do battle with him. The set includes figures of Sekibei with his enormous hatchet emblazoned with a red flame, and Sumizome clutching a flowering cherry branch as a weapon. The set includes the home of the nobleman Yasusada, with fences and a large cherry tree in bloom. A terrific, complete paper model interpretation of this beloved drama
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - Each panel 14" x 9 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Three separate panels. Bright and clean. One small hole in top corner from previous string binding, as is usual for paper model prints. Paper hinge remnants on reverse at top edges. One small hole and one small tear in margin, repaired. Faint toning, a few light creases at edges. Please see photos for details.