by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Comments - Terrific winter scene of a group gathered around a well at New Year's. The wooden well is decorated with sacred shimenawa ropes, a symbol of purification. A man with a scarf tied about his head lowers a pole into the water, smiling over his shoulder as he watches the children at left. A young girl carries a decorative paddle for a game similar to badminton that is traditionally played at the New Year, and she has just thrown a snowball at the boy at left, who cringes as it hits his face. A beauty with a shovel behind him holds her hands to her lips to conceal her surprise, while another boy walks on stilts behind them. A charming scene framed by a blossoming plum tree. An attractive and unusual aizuri-e design, printed primarily in blue ink.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 30 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.