Comments - Dramatic scene from the kabuki play "Hana mo Yoshida Iwao no Matsuwaka" of a monk caught between a couple fighting over a lacquer box. At right, Shioirimura Sota pulls on the red cord attached to a lacquer document box, raising an iron truncheon above his head the monk strikes him with his shakuhachi flute. At left, the lady's maid Okiku has hold of the other cord, and is pulled backwards by Sota. In her other hand she holds the contents of the box, a letter and a zori sandal. Black birds fly overhead above Shinobazu Pond, the water dotted with lily pads. From left, the actors are Iwai Kumesaburo III, Suketakaya Takasuke III, and Arashi Kichisaburo III. An intriguing design, with an attractive setting, beautifully detailed with a burnished geometric pattern on the monk's robe.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three attached panels, backed with paper. Horizontal and vertical folds. Small wormholes, repaired. A few creases. Please see photos for details.
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