Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the play "Futatsu Chocho Kuruwa Nikki" (A Diary of Two Butterflies in the Pleasure Quarters), a drama about two rival sumo wrestlers. The older, more experienced sumo Nuregami Chogoro purposely lost a match to the young Hanaregoma no Chokichi in hopes of earning a favor from his patron. When Chokichi learns the truth, he is outraged. At right, Chokichi leans forward aggressively, scowling angrily and gripping his cases sword. In the center, his older sister reacts with alarm, throwing her hand out in a stopping motion, a frightened expression on her face. Outside the door at left, Chogoro hops on one foot as he tucks the back of his kimono up into his obi. At right, straw-wrapped bales are stacked on the floor and the curtains hanging in the doorway of the room beyond feature butterflies, a reference to the title of the play. Nice expressive figures in a well-detailed setting.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 29 5/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight paper remnants on reverse from previous backing. Vertical fold at side of each panel. A few holes, thinning at edges, repaired. Wrinkling and creasing, slight soiling. Please see photos for details.
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