Magic Fox and Struggle over a Banner

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Magic Fox and Struggle over a Banner by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Magic Fox and Struggle over a Banner

Comments - Fantastic kabuki scene of a magic fox disguised as a man caught between a beauty and a samurai struggling over a banner. The fox crouches in midair, holding his hand in a paw-like position as he looks at the beauty with a worried frown. Rays of light radiate from him across the night sky. At left, the woman balances a bundle of straw or reeds atop her head with a few chrysanthemums tucked into, watching her adversary suspiciously out of the corners of her eyes. She wears layers of kimono and armor, a narrow band tied around her forehead. At right, the samurai grips the end of the banner between his teeth, his other hand holding a cloth-wrapped parcel. He wears a furry black kimono over armor, and his short hair sticks out atop his head. A fascinating supernatural subject, wonderfully detailed.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 5/8" x 29 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, a few wormholes, small loss at corner, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Magic Fox and Struggle over a Banner by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Magic Fox and Struggle over a Banner by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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