Satomi Fusehime and Kanemari Daisuke, 1861 - Lovely portrait of Bando Shuka I as Princess Fuse, the daughter of Lord Satomi, from the tale of the "Eight Dog Warriors." The famous epic novel "The Biography of Nanso Satomi and the Eight Dog Warriors" (Nanso Satomi Hakkenden) relates the story of eight great warriors who were the mystical offspring of a union between Fusehime and a dog. Here, Fusehime appears dressed as a nun in a blue robe with a traditional mantle, looking up with a smile as she reads from a scroll of prayers. In the background, a waterfall rushes down a rocky mountain. A fan-shaped inset at upper left shows Sawamura Chojuro V as Kanemari Daisuke, one of Lord Satomi's retainers who later searches for the eight dog warriors. A terrific image with wonderful detail, including embossing on the white kimono collar, burnishing on Daisuke's black robe, and a dusting of mica across the dark night sky. A great design from this rarely seen series pairing the signs of the zodiac with popular kabuki plays.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 9 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. A few holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases, ink mark. Please see photos for details.
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