Iris, 1845 - Handsome portrait of the actor Iwai Kumesaburo III as the murderer Shirai Gonpachi, looking up with a scowl from the message in his hand, which is the warrant for his arrest. The young man's hair is elaborately styled, pulled into a stylish topknot, and his eyes are fringed with delicate eyelashes. The portrait is presented as the reflection in a lacquer framed mirror draped with colorful fabric, with a large purple iris behind it. Beautifully colored, from a rarely seen series pairing kabuki actors with flowers and trees.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14" x 9 1/4"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Some creasing. A few small holes, repaired. Some soiling. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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