Comments - Comic scene from the famous novel "Tokaidochu Hizakurige" or "Shank's Mare Tokaido," which tells the misadventures of two bumbling heroes, Yajirobei and Kitahachi, as they make their way from Tokyo to Kyoto and then Osaka along the famed Tokaido road. At the Inn at Futakawa, the pair mistook a kimono hanging under a willow tree for a ghost, stumbling over themselves in an attempt to escape. Here, Nakamura Aizo I as Yaji dives to the ground to escape the apparition, covering his head with his hands, a worried grimace on his face. The kimono has a face painted on the back of it, and the flowing willow branches resemble long hair. The kimono is decorated with a face on the back, with overhanging willow branches looking like long shaggy hair framing the face. A terrific illustration from this popular story, a wonderfully detailed, atmospheric setting.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 14 1/4" x 9 3/4"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Stitching holes at side, repaired. Slight toning and soling, a few creases and small marks. Please see photos for details.
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