Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Kirare Yosa, 1860

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Kirare Yosa, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Kirare Yosa, 1860

Comments - Lively action scene of Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Kirare (Scarface) Yosa trying to fight off guards on a bridge. The dissolute Yosaburo earned his nickname after he was caught in a tryst with a gang boss's mistress and slashed all over as punishment. Reduced to a life of petty crime and blackmail, here Yosa forces one attacker down over the bridge railing with one hand, while simultaneously twisting the arm of another guard, looking over his shoulder with a sober expression. He wears a blue plaid kimono and has a dotted towel twisted about his neck, scars visible on his face and arm. A memorable kabuki image.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A few small wormholes, repaired. Creasing, slight soiling, a few stains. Please see photos for details.

Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Kirare Yosa, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Kirare Yosa, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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