Confrontation Before an Altar, 1852

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Confrontation Before an Altar, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Confrontation Before an Altar, 1852

Comments - Intriguing kabuki scene from the play "Ise ondo koi-no-nebata" of a confrontation taking place in front of large Shinto household altar. In the center, Shojiki Shotaro cowers on the floor, hiding beneath his sleeves as Saruta Hikodazu stands behind him throws his hands out in alarm. Kneeling at right, the samurai Fukuoka Mitsugi looks up at him with a questioning expression, a stack of money wrapped in paper marked "1000 ryo" in his outstretched hand. His Aunt Omine waits behind him with a sword wrapped in cloth beneath her arm. The sword is a family heirloom that now belongs to Mitsugi, but the blade is cursed, causing whoever unsheathes it to commit murder. At lower left, Domyaku Kinbei scratches his head in a puzzled manner, while the beauty Okon smiles. Behind them, the large tiered altar is covered with straw matting. Offering trays holding food are neatly arranged on the lower shelf with oil lamps above and a sacred shimenawa rope hanging from the ceiling. Nice expressive figures in an interesting setting, with a faint burnished geometric pattern on the brown kimono in the center.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 5/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few creases. Please see photos for details.

Confrontation Before an Altar, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Confrontation Before an Altar, 1852 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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