Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the play "Shima Chidori Tsuki no Shiranami," which premiered at the Shintomiza or Shintomi Theater in 1881. The drama tells the story of two thieves, who through a series of events decide to go straight and return the money they stole from a pawnshop. Here, a beauty reacts in alarm as the fellow at left scowls at her angrily, throwing one hand out before her as she leans back. At right, a man wearing a long black Western coat lifts a hat above his head for a closer view, a woven bag trimmed with fringe slung over his chest. Pine branches frame a view of a crescent moon above a mountainous landscape and a deep red sky. Nice large expressive figures, detailed with burnishing on the black coat and the beauty's black kimono collars. The first time we have come across this Chikanobu triptych.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 5/8" x 28 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, left panel backed with paper. Small tear at edge, small loss at corner, repaired. Slight soiling, a couple creases. Please see photos for details.