Comments - Terrific kabuki scene of a beauty kneeling in the street between two komuso or wandering monks, holding their deep woven basket hats in her outstretched hands. The young man at right draws a sword from a scabbard wrapped in brocade cloth, frowning with worry at his counterpart, who stares back with a worried expression as he reaches for his own weapon. The beauty grins happily, seemingly unaware of any conflict. A large black wooden tub behind her is filled with water for fighting fires, with smaller buckets perched on top beneath an angled roof. A great design with a handsome setting, beautifully detailed with burnishing in the black monk's mantle and the wooden tub.
Artist - Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 29" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight thinning along and separation at ends of vertical fold at sides of panels, repaired. Slight soiling, a few creases, slight rubbing at edges, mark on beauty's face. Please see photos for details.
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