Mandarin Duck Spirits, 1855

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Mandarin Duck Spirits, 1855 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Mandarin Duck Spirits, 1855

Comments - Fantastic triptych depicting the famous kabuki dance drama "Oshidori." A sumo wrestler named Kagehisa saw a pair of mandarin ducks swimming in a lake, and killed the male duck. Mandarin ducks mate for life and are considered a symbol of marital fidelity, and to kill one will cause the death of its mate. In this scene, the spirits of the ducks return to battle him. The startled wrestler kneels on a wooden dock, drawing his sword as the female duck looks at him reproachfully from the right. Her male companion approaches from the left, flapping his wings. Both wear fantastic feathered kimono, with concentric layers of feathers around the neck and sleeves, which flutter wing-like in the air. Irises blossom along the edge of the gently rippling water. Beautifully colored and detailed, with handsome wood grain impression in the background. An incredible image from this classic tale.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 1/4"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight thinning at corners, a few wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few marks. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Mandarin Duck Spirits, 1855 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Mandarin Duck Spirits, 1855 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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