Rivals and Courtesan, 1860

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Rivals and Courtesan, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Rivals and Courtesan, 1860

Comments - Terrific kabuki scene of the courtesan Katsuragi and two visitors on a verandah. The visitors are actually sworn enemies Nagoya Sanza and Fuwa Banzaemon, who are both rivals for her attentions. She kneels at right, holding her hand to her forehead in a rather distressed manner as she looks down, a pipe in her other hand. In the center, Banzaemon scratches his head with a puzzled expression, looking back over his shoulder at Sanza. His black robe is burnished with a beautiful pattern of swirling clouds, and his swords rest on the floor behind him. At left, Sanza looks up with a slight frown as he leans on his sword. A blossoming cherry tree frames the scene against a softly shaded blue sky. A lovely triptych with attractive color and embossed detail in the white kimono collar.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14" x 28 7/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. A few wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.

Rivals and Courtesan, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Rivals and Courtesan, 1860 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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