Comments - Terrific kabuki scene of the five chivalrous men under blossoming wisteria vines. These chivalrous commoners or otokodate were common men who protected local people from outlaw samurai. Each wears a delicately shaded kimono patterned with kanji characters, with a white towel draped over his shoulder or around his neck. Each carries a shakuhachi flute, which could be used as a weapon, along with a single sword. The delicate white flowers and graceful vines provide an attractive setting for the figures. From left, the actors are Nakamura Fukusuke I, Iwai Kumesaburo III, Ichikawa Danjuro VIII, Bando Shuka I, and Bando Takesaburo I. An attractive spring design with fine shading in the background.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 29 1/4" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few wormholes, a few thinning spots at edges, repaired. Slight soiling, slight rubbing at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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