by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Comments - Fantastic kabuki triptych from the play popularly known as "The Yaguchi Ferry," which tells the story of the treacherous ferryman Tombei. In this dramatic scene, his mortally wounded daughter Ofune has dragged herself to the drum tower, to give a signal that the outlaw Yoshimune has been captured, when in fact she has let him escape. Her father Tombei comes after her with his sword, trying to prevent her from beating the drum so that he can collect the reward money for fugitive. She backs away from him in fright, thrusting her hand out in self-defense, the drum hanging over her head. Tombei's assistant, Rokuzo, watches aghast at left, unsure what to do. Accented with burnishing on the black kimono trim and embossing on Tombei's curly white hair and beard. From left, the actors are Ichikawa Sadanji, Ichikawa Danjuro, and Suketakaya Takasuke. A great design with large, beautifully detailed figures and vibrant color.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Slight soiling, slight glue residue at upper left of right panel. Please see photos for details.
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