New Play at the Kabukiza, 1898

by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

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New Play at the Kabukiza, 1898 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Original Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
New Play at the Kabukiza, 1898

Comments - Terrific kabuki scene from the play commonly known as "The Feather Robe" (Hagoromo), performed at the Kabukiza or Kabuki Theater in Tokyo. A fisherman finds a magical feather robe belonging to a Tennin, a heavenly Buddhist spirit, hanging upon a pine tree and takes it home. The Tennin, who cannot fly without the robe, pleads with the man to return it to her. He finally agrees, but only if she will dance for him, so she performs a wonderful dance and is able to return to heaven. Here, she floats above the water to the astonishment of the surprised men. Colorful wings grow from her shoulders, and long feathers flutter from the edges of her beautiful robe. A fantastic image with snow covered Mt. Fuji visible in the distance, framed by a large pine tree. Wonderful color and detail, including a subtle burnished check pattern on the fisherman's red kimono and metallic pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on the narrow sash fluttering around the Tennin's head.

Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight creasing, a few small spots, faint offsetting. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

New Play at the Kabukiza, 1898 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
New Play at the Kabukiza, 1898 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

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