Horizontal Oban Kabuki Prints by Toyokuni III - Handsome design from an untitled series of horizontal kabuki prints by Toyokuni III dating from 1847 - 1852. The horizontal oban format is an interesting departure from the more commonly seen vertical oban actor prints, allowing Toyokuni III to create detailed settings for the characters. These images provide a nice context for the interaction between the figures. Some prints feature deluxe publishing treatments such as burnishing or embossing. An interesting complement to Toyokuni III's more well-known vertical kabuki designs.
Confrontation with a Roadside Beggar, 1847 - 1852 - Intriguing kabuki scene of two samurai confronting a beggar along the side of a road. The former samurai Hayase Iori has been reduced to living in poverty after his father was killed by the evil Toma Saburoemon, and a valuable painting stolen from him. One night, Saburoemon and his henchman encounter Iori while traveling. Grimacing angrily, Iori draws a sword concealed in a bamboo pole and thrusts it at Adachi Motoemon at right. The samurai glares back at him, holding the end of a cased. At left, Toma Saburoemon frowns unhappily as he watches, a folding fan in his hand and a large collapsible lantern on the ground nearby. Behind the Iori, a crude hut made from straw mats tied to a bamboo frame serves as his shelter. From left, the actors are Seki Sanjuro III, Arashi Kichisaburo, and Sawamura Chojuro V. Great expressive figures in a nicely detailed setting, with fine bokashi shading in the night sky.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 9 3/8" x 13 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Faint vertical centerfold. Some prints have a few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning, slight soiling at edges. Please see photos for details.
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