Possessed by a Murderous Sword, 1859

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Possessed by a Murderous Sword, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Possessed by a Murderous Sword, 1859

Comments - Dramatic scene from the kabuki play "Ise Ondo Koi no Netaba" of Mitsugi threatening his sweetheart, the courtesan Okon of the Aburaya with a sword. The sword is actually possessed by a bloodthirsty spirit that causes anyone holding it to commit murder. Unaware of the evil curse on the blade, Mitsugi goes on a rampage, killing several people. Gripping the weapon with both hands, he pauses briefly to look at the alarmed Kisuke, who emerges from the doorway curtains with his hand thrown out in a stopping motion. Okon scrambles backwards on the floor with holding a letter and a small cloth-wrapped parcel in her hand, still smiling as she hasn't yet realized the spell he is under. At upper left, teahouse patrons can be seen in silhouette against the shoji windows, one man holding out his cup for a refill of sake. Wonderful detail in the intricately patterned curtains lining the room.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 13 5/8" x 18 3/4"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels, backed with paper. Stitching holes at one side of each panel, repaired with backing. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details.

Possessed by a Murderous Sword, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Possessed by a Murderous Sword, 1859 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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