Comments - Terrific portrait of a pensive young actor holding a carved mask of a tengu, a long-nosed demon or goblin. He looks soberly over his shoulder, his eyebrows raised, seemingly lost in thought. He wears a blue kimono over a red under robe with a pale blue collar, his hair pulled back into a thick topknot tied with white cord. The portrait is set into a battledore used for a traditional Japanese game similar to badminton, a feathered shuttlecock at lower right and a large decorative ball at left. A beautifully expressive image, with lovely shading in the background and fine wood grain in the battledore.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 9 5/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. Slight toning and soiling. Please see photos for details.
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