Comments - Handsome kabuki portrait of Kataoka Gado as the ronin Tamiya Iemon in the famous ghost story "Yotsuya Kaidan." Iemon wants to be rid of his wife, Oiwa, to marry his neighbor, who tries to kill Oiwa by poisoning her. Oiwa dies cursing Iemon, and he nails her body to a door and throws it in the river, and her ghost returns to haunt him. Here, he stands beside a sluice gate along the river after disposing of the body, throwing his hand up with an angry scowl. He wears a white kimono with a bold blue pattern, tied with a plaid obi, a white towel wrapped about his neck. Rushing water can be seen at lower left, and a few willow branches frame the night sky above the foliage in the background. Nicely detailed with delicate cloth embossing on the white areas of the robe.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 1/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Backed with paper. Slight soiling and rubbing. Please see photos for details.
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