47 Ronin, Act 3 - Dramatic scene from the kabuki play "Chushingura" showing Kampei and his lover Oharu at the back gate to the Imperial Palace where he is fighting off guards so the couple can elope. The beauty tangles with one of the guards, looping a red sash over his face so he can't see and wielding a sword with her other hand. Kampei steps on the back of another guard while pushing away a pole arm, called a sodo-garami or "sleeve tangler." Beautifully detailed with a terrific palace setting and traces of mica in the dark night sky, rocks, and water. A fantastic illustration of a scene rarely performed during the play, and an unusual subject to find in reprint.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 9 1/4" x 14" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Small loss and hole at right edge, repaired. Please see photos for details. Good overall.