Comments - Handsome scene from the kabuki play "Sukeroku," the tale of the young street knight Hanakawado Sukeroku, who is actually one of the Soga brothers in disguise. Here Sukeroku, easily recognized by the sash tied rakishly around his head, clashes with the elderly Ikyu, his rival for the attentions of the beautiful courtesan Agemaki. The white-haired Ikyu raises his fan high above his head, ready to strike his enemy. He wears a striking red coat patterned with dragons and clouds, and chunky wooden geta sandals. Sukeroku stares ahead with furrowed brows, resting on one knee as he pushes up his kimono sleeve. Agemaki watches anxiously from the left, her outer kimono adorned with a cluster of yellow blossoms and flowing streamers. Cherry blossoms frame the scene against the dark night sky. An attractive depiction of this popular play.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 29 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small thinning spot, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, creasing at edges, slight rubbing. Please see photos for details.