Comments - Terrific kabuki triptych of Taira no Tadamori catching a thief in the act stealing oil from the stone lanterns at a temple. The warrior had been charged by the Emperor Go-Shirakawa to capture a demon figure seen lurking around the temple at night, which, when seen in silhouette, had a spiky head and seemed to breath fire. Watching carefully, Tadamori discovered it to be only a vagrant monk, whose shaggy straw hat gave the illusion of spikes, carrying a covered flame. Tadamori frowns as he spies the thief, preparing to draw his sword. A light rain slants across the night scene, a soft pink glow coming from the lanterns against the gray night sky. A fantastic illustration of this famous tale, which earned Tadamori a reward from the emperor for his bravery and common sense. From left, the actors are Onoe Kikugoro V and Ichikawa Danjuro IX. A great design with a striking setting among the tree trunks.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 3/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Vertical fold at side of each panel. A couple holes, repaired. Slight creasing. Please see photos for details.
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