Horizontal Oban Kabuki Prints by Toyokuni III - Handsome design from an untitled series of horizontal kabuki prints by Toyokuni III dating from 1847 - 1852. The horizontal oban format is an interesting departure from the more commonly seen vertical oban actor prints, allowing Toyokuni III to create detailed settings for the characters. These images provide a nice context for the interaction between the figures. Some prints feature deluxe publishing treatments such as burnishing or embossing. An interesting complement to Toyokuni III's more well-known vertical kabuki designs.
Ishikawa Goemon Boiled Alive, 1852 - Dramatic kabuki triptych of the robber Ishikawa Goemon being boiled alive in a bubbling pot, desperately holding his young son above his head. After attempting to kill the powerful lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Goemon was sentenced to death by boiling, along with his child. He is shown here making a last attempt to save his son's life, keeping him up above the scalding liquid. His face is tinged with blue, a sign of his impending demise. The giant cauldron boils over a raging fire, sending clouds of smoke billowing across the night sky. A nobleman and retainer watch alongside Goemon's wife, Oritsu. From right, the actors are Bando Tamasaburo IV as Iwaki Toma, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Ishikawa Goemon, Seki Hanasuke IV as Isshi Goroichi, Onoe Kikugoro II as Oritsu, Morita Kanya XI as Iwaki Byobu. An unusual design, nicely detailed and shaded.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 13 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Faint vertical centerfold. Small loss at edge, repaired. Slight soiling, paper remnant and rubbing at edge, a couple creases and spots. Please see photos for details.
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