by Kunihiro (active circa 1815 - 1843)
Osaka Prints - Produced in the Kansai region, including
Distinctly different artistic styles also emerged in Edo and
Much like the style of the prints, the demand for ukiyo-e in the cities of
Comments - Great Osaka triptych depicting three beauties as otokodate or street knights in a parody of a famous play with men in the main roles as a gang of thieves. Each woman is armed with a single sword and a shakuhachi flute, and they exchange strange glances. The beauty in the center holds out a shallow red lacquer sake cup with a sandal in it, a grave insult since sandals are dirty. From left, the actors are Sawamura Kunitaro as Hotei no Oichi, Iwai Shijaku as Kaminari no Oshiyo, and Nakamura Matsue as Karigane Obun. Blue bands across the background add graphic appeal. A rare full oban format Osaka triptych.
Artist - Kunihiro (active circa 1815 - 1843)
Image Size - 15" x 30 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small losses at edges and wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and stains, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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