Comments - Handsome scene from the kabuki play "The Doll Festival, Finale of The Fifty-three Stations" (Gojusan tsugi okiri hina matsuri) featuring a beauty and two men dressed as palace guards in front of a group of musicians atop a platform. The beauty holds a tray with a pine branch on it, grinning over her shoulder at her companion, who tends a small fire warming a bottle of sake. He looks up with a puzzled expression, scratching his head. At right, the third guard frowns with worry, a kettle in one hand and a cup in the other. The musicians play drums and flute, and the nobleman sitting with them at right grimaces as he eyes them. Blossoming cherry branches frame the blue sky beyond. The left panel includes Ichikawa Kuzo III, Nakamura Fukusuke I, and Sawamura Tanosuke III. The center panel features Ichikawa Dannosuke V, Ichikawa Shinsha I, and Arashi Hinasuke VII. The right panel shows Ichikawa Ichizo III and Onoe Waichi I. An attractive design, also in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29 3/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.
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