Comments - Fantastic illustration from the popular kabuki play commonly known as "Sanza Rotaku" showing the two arch enemies Nagoya Sanza and Fuwa Banzaemon encountering each other by chance in the Yoshiwara one night. Entrusted by his lord with the care of a precious scroll, Sanza was banished from his clan after the scroll was stolen by the evil Banzaemon. Here, the pair pushes each other's hat away to reveal their faces. At right, Banzaemon frowns as he looks down, dressed in a robe with a bold design of swirling clouds and red lightning bolts. Sanza eyes him suspiciously at center, wearing a kimono patterned with swallows in flight and slanting raindrops. The beautiful courtesan Katsuragi watches at left, her hand thrown out in alarm as she clutches at her robe. Rows of teahouses and restaurants extend into the distance on either side of the central fenced garden enclosing blossoming cherry trees. A terrific image from this famous tale, with handsome detail, including faint embossing on the cherry blossoms.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 28 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. A few wormholes, repaired. A few creases. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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