Comments - Fantastic kabuki scene of policemen attempting to arrest the robber Ishikawa Goemon at a building site. Seeking refuge on the scaffolding of an unfinished stone structure, the wild-haired man easily overcomes his opponents, tossing one guard over his back by the wrist while stepping on the neck of another and slashing a third with his sword. The enraged warrior grimaces at the policemen below, who shake their iron truncheons at him. In the center, a samurai clenches a truncheon between his teeth while he readies a rope to try to take the fellow captive. An elderly man watches the operation from a stool at left, looking up in horror. A dramatic design filled with energy and action, with wonderfully expressive figures and a fascinating setting. Beautifully detailed with a subtle burnished geometric pattern on the Goemon's black kimono. A great kabuki image.
Artist - Toyokuni/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 30" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Horizontal and vertical folds. Stitching holes at side of one panel, a couple holes, thinning spot at edge, repaired. Creasing and wrinkling, slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.
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