Comments - Fantastic scene from the kabuki play "Arigataya O-Edo no Kagekiyo" of the Taira warrior Kagekiyo breaking out of the cave in which the Minamoto imprisoned him. He bursts through the opening as rays of light radiate across the scene from behind him, drawing his sword as he stares at his captor, the Minamoto commander Shigetada, who looks back at him with a worried frown. Kagekiyo wears a magnificent kimono with a bold pattern of blossoms within hexagons. At his feet, the samurai Yoshitoki flings his hands out in alarm, dressed in a colorful floral kimono trimmed with fringe over a suit of armor. At right, a kneeling beauty wearing an ornate headdress with beaded trim hold a wand of bells. The actors in the left sheet are Ichikawa Kuzo II as Chichibu Shoji Shigetada, Ichikawa Ebijuro IV as Wada no Yoshimori, and Iwai Kumesaburo III Shigetada's sister Kinugasa. The center panel features Ichikawa Ebizo V as Aku Shichibei Kagekiyo and Ichikawa Saruzo I as Yoshitoki. The right panel includes Onoe Shoroku as Tsunetane, Onoe Kikujiro II as the sister of Yoshimori, and Bando Hikosaburo IV as Hojo Tokimasa. A fantastic, impressive design with real graphic appeal. Beautifully detailed, with burnishing on the black areas of Kagekiyo's kimono.
Artist - Kuniyoshi (1797 - 1861)
Image Size - 14 1/2" x 29 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Small losses and wormholes, repaired. Creasing, slight toning, soiling, and rubbing, a few wrinkles. Please see photos for details.
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