Comments - Great kabuki scene from a play about the five chivalrous men, otokodate or street knights who protected townspeople from outlaw samurai. From left, the actors are Ichimura Uzaemon as Honmachi Tsunagoro and Bando Hikosaburo as Umegaya Yoshibei. The men exchange wary glances as they meet in front of a large display of stacked sake barrels wrapped in straw with different brands on them. Yoshibei wears a blue kimono patterned with herons, and has a cloth tied around his head. Nice expressive figures in an interesting setting.
Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
Image Size - 14" x 18 3/4" + margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Two separate panels. A few holes, a couple thinning spots, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and marks. Please see photos for details.
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