Using a Flute as a Weapon

by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

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Using a Flute as a Weapon by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Original Kunisada III (1848 - 1920) Japanese Woodblock Print
Using a Flute as a Weapon

Comments - Handsome kabuki scene of an altercation between a samurai and a street knight. The young rogue at left grabs his shakuhachi flute, drawing it back to use as a weapon. The samurai at right reaches for his sword, frowning at the rogue as another commoner tries to intervene, holding his hand out in a stopping gesture. The scene takes place at a theater, with the stage stretching out behind the group, several drums spread out on the floor next to a red mat. An intriguing subject with lively color and large expressive figures, detailed with burnishing on the black kimono.

Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small loss and a couple small tears at edge, slight thinning at corner, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please see photos for details.

Using a Flute as a Weapon by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Using a Flute as a Weapon by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

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