by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
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Early Edo Woodblocks - Handsome design from a group of early Edo era woodblocks by 18th and 19th century master artists such as Hokusai, Eizan, Eisen, Toyokuni I, and others. This terrific selection of illustrations includes beauties, kabuki portraits, and scenes from everyday life, depicting traditional tales and novels, as well as the new "floating world," in wonderful detail. This is a terrific offering of classic, early designs, and a wonderful opportunity to add a work by a renowned ukiyo-e artist to any collection.
Bando Mitsugoro III, 1827 - Handsome kabuki portrait of Bando Mitsugoro III as a faithful samurai in the "Yukashita" (Below the Floor) scene from the play "Sendai Hagi." The young heir to the Date clan is in danger of being poisoned, so one of the clan's loyal retainers stands guard beneath his room in the palace. Gripping a knife, he grimaces angrily when he is startled by seeing a large rat carrying off an important scroll. He leans forward with a stunned expression, pushing up one sleeve of his under robe. His checked vest and boldly striped kimono have been pushed down to the waist, and he poses with his feet spread firmly apart. A great expressive figure.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 9 3/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal fold at top edge. A few small holes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases and stains. Please see photos for details.
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