Paper Model Sets - Fuji Arts is pleased to offer a terrific group of complete and uncut paper model sets. These entertaining 19th century prints were designed to be cut apart and formed into three-dimensional models. An inset cartouche provides an example of the finished scene once assembled. Using the scene as a guide, the model builder could cut out the different components of the scene from the prints and create the model. Sets usually include a variety of figures, accessories, and background elements, brightly colored and nicely detailed, with subjects ranging from kabuki plays to famous samurai battles.
Not many complete sets survive. Collectors are lucky to own a single print from a model set - a complete paper model scene is an almost unprecedented opportunity. These are incredibly rare pieces and would make a terrific addition to any collection. Take advantage of this great opportunity before it passes you by - bid now!
Comments - Terrific, complete five panel paper model set depicting the kabuki play "Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami," which features three samurai triplets named Matsuomaru (Pine), Umeomaru (Plum), and Sakuramaru (Cherry), who can be identified by their boldly patterned kimono. The brothers become the victims of divided loyalties following the treacherous downfall of their sponsor, Sugawara, at the hands of Matsuomaru's employer, Shihei. This set shows the scene where Sakuramaru and Umeomaru confronting the evil Shihei outside a temple with Matsumomaru guarding him. Includes colorful figures of each of the main characters, and an extensive setting comprised of Shihei's royal cart, a red fence and torii gate, stone lanterns, and a backdrop with the temple complex, as well as pines and blossoming cherry trees. A fantastic complete and uncut paper model set of this famous play, with lively figures and vibrant color.
Artist - Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)
Image Size - Each panel 13 1/2" x 8 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Separate panels. This item with bright and clean colors. Soiling in margin of one panel. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.