Comments - Great kabuki scene from the play commonly known as "The Higashiyama Storybook." A local mayor named Sakura Sogo decided to petition the shogun directly for tax relief for his town, bypassing the crooked governor Hotta Masanobu, knowing that he will face execution if he commits this illegal act. Here, he wades into the river to hand the shogun his petition on a stick as the ruler passes across a bridge while traveling. He holds the message up on a slender bamboo pole, looking up with a frown as a policeman grabs him by the wrist. The shogun Higashiyama Yoshimasa stares back at him with an angry frown, wearing an elegant purple brocade robe with a pleated collar. His companion, the beauty Fujitsubo-no-kata, looks out of the corners of her eyes with a sly smile. Maple leaves frame a deep blue sky overhead. The actors are Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Sakura Sogo, Kataoka Gado as Higashiyama Yoshimasa, and Iwai Matsunosuke VI as the Fujitsubo-no-kata. A terrific image with lively color and a bold design.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Three panels, not attached. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.
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