Comments - Great kabuki print featuring portraits of three characters from one of the many plays about the disputed succession of the Date clan. The nursemaid Masakoka had been carrying for the young heir in the women's quarters since the child was in danger of being poisoned. Involved in a plot to wrest control of the clan, the evil magician Nikki Danjo at left has transformed himself into a giant rat to steal an incriminating scroll. At lower right, the loyal retainer Otokonosuke, responsible for guarding the heir, struck the rat on the head with a knife when it came into the palace. A bloody wound from the knife is visible on Danjo's forehead after he returned to human form, the scroll still caught between his teeth. An attractive design in an interesting format, with the portraits set against a gray background and a spray of flowering bush clover. Includes embossing on the white kimono collars and trim.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 5/8" x 10 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Paper remnants on reverse at top corners from previous mounting. Slight thinning at corner, hole, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few spots and creases. Please see photos for details.
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