by Kunimasa (1848 - 1920)
Adachi Publisher - This beautiful reprint is from the famous Tokyo publisher Adachi, one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Adachi woodblocks were printed to the highest standards of quality with excellent color and fine detail. The Adachi woodblock printers were known to be the best in the business. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images. This print is sealed with the Adachi seal in ink.
Comments - Classic kabuki portrait of Nakamura Noshio II in the role of a white fox disguised as the beauty Kuzunoha. The nobleman Abe no Yasuna once rescued a fox by fighting the hunter who had trapped it. The fox returned to visit him as a beautiful young lady named Kuzunoha in order to tend his wounds from the battle. After they married and had a child, their son caught a glimpse of her true fox form, so she decided to leave her family. She is shown here at work, a cloth draped protectively over her hairstyle and a towel draped over her shoulder. She wears an informal blue and white kimono patterned with tie-dyed seashells, her sleeves tied back with a red sash. A handsome design, with fine embossed detail on the kimono and head cloth.
Artist - Kunimasa (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - 15" x 10"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Crease at edge. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.