Comments - Terrific scene from the kabuki play commonly known as "Benten Kozo" featuring Nakamura Shikan as the thief Nango Rikimaru. Disguised as a woman, the rogue Benten Kozo and one of his gang members try to extort money from an elderly cloth merchant. Just as they are about to leave with the money, a samurai steps in to challenge them, although the warrior is in fact a member of the gang and is part of the complicated plot. Here, Benten Kozo's accomplice Rikimaru frowns angrily as he stands in the shop, the shelves behind him stacked with bolts and rolls of colorful fabric. The actor at left is Nakamura Shikan IV. An intriguing print from this interesting play, with expressive figures and a nicely detailed setting.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Paper remnants on reverse at corners from previous mounting. A few holes, repaired. Slight soiling, spot, a few light creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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