Samurai, Courtesan, and Mother in Disguise, 1854

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Samurai, Courtesan, and Mother in Disguise, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Samurai, Courtesan, and Mother in Disguise, 1854

Comments - Interesting kabuki scene from the tale of the warrior Kajiwara Genta. He has come to visit his sweetheart Chidori, who works as a courtesan under the name Umegae (Plum Branch), to redeem his honor. He kneels at left, looking up at the beauty with a worried frown. She stares back at him with an alarmed expression, having just learned the Genta's father was responsible for her own father's death. At right, Genta's mother, Enju, has also paid a visit to Chidori disguised as a samurai. She wears a violet kimono patterned with plum blossoms and helmets, a naginata in one hand and a blossoming plum branch in the other. To atone for her husband's actions, Enju kills herself, leaving Genta free to go into battle. At upper left, a flowering plum tree is blanketed with snow as flakes fall through the night sky. A beautifully color and detailed design.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 28 1/2" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small loss and slight thinning at edge, a few tiny wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Samurai, Courtesan, and Mother in Disguise, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Samurai, Courtesan, and Mother in Disguise, 1854 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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