by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Comments - Handsome scene from Act 9 of the kabuki play "Kanadehon Chushingura," the drama about the 47 ronin. Tonase, the wife of Honzo, and her daughter, Konami, have arrived at Yuranosuke's country retreat for the betrothal of Konami and Rikiya, Yuranosuke's son. Yuranosuke's wife, Oishi, rejects the match, blaming Honzo for contributing to Lord Hangan's death. Tonase vows to atone for her husband by killing Konami, who accepts her fate calmly with hands clasped together in prayer. They suddenly hear shakuhachi flute music, and discover a wandering monk called a kamuso outside the garden gate, who is actually Honzo in disguise. Seeing what his wife is about, he reacts with angry alarm. A great design with expressive figures and a nicely detailed setting. Includes burnishing on the black kimono at right.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14" x 29 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal folds, vertical fold at side. Loss at corner, a few wormholes, repaired. Slight creasing, toning, and soiling. Please see photos for details.
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