Comments - Terrific scene of Yoshitsune's loyal retainer Tadanobu, who is actually a magic fox in disguise, in scene from the popular play "Yoshitsune Sembon Zakura." The fox had taken on human form to recover a small hand drum made from the skin of his parents. Here, he hangs in midair after leaping from a balcony after his true nature was discovered, crouching in a fox-like position. In the center, Yoshitsune's sweetheart, Lady Shizuka, slashes at the creature with a sword, the drum tucked under her other arm. Yoshitsune appears in a circular inset at upper right, with blossoming cherry trees framing the dark night sky above. Beautifully detailed with embossed fur on Tadanobu's kimono, a burnished stylized wave pattern on the beauty's black obi, and burnished on the black lacquer railing. The first time we've offered this rare Kuniyoshi kabuki triptych.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 29 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Thinning along vertical fold at side, a few wormholes, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, a few creases and spots. Please see photos for details.
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