Akoya Drawing a Concealed Sword, 1851

by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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Akoya Drawing a Concealed Sword, 1851 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Original Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864) Japanese Woodblock Print
Akoya Drawing a Concealed Sword, 1851

Comments - Dramatic image from the tale of Kagekiyo, a Taira warrior who escaped after his defeat at the Battle of Dan-no-ura by Minamoto no Yoritomo. Yoritomo's commander Shigetada kidnapped Kagekiyo's wife, Akoya in an attempt to force her to reveal her husband's whereabouts. Here, the beauty draws a sword concealed in the handle of a shamisen, looking slyly up at Yoritomo, who stands at upper right wearing a tunic patterned with the Minamoto paulownia crest, a bow under his arm and arrows in his hand. In front of him, Shigetada has an alarmed expression on his face. At upper left, Akushichibyoe Kagekigyo grimaces with rage as he holds a naginata. Includes burnishing on the black lacquer handle of the naginata, the black areas of the beauty's obi, and pigment that has oxidized to a dark tone on Yoritomo's court cap and tunic. Nice expressive figures.

Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 19 7/8"

Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Vertical fold at sides. A couple small holes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.

Akoya Drawing a Concealed Sword, 1851 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Akoya Drawing a Concealed Sword, 1851 by Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

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