Swordfight on the Steps, 1865

by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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Swordfight on the Steps, 1865 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Original Kunisada II (1823 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Swordfight on the Steps, 1865

Comments - Great kabuki scene of the enemies Nagoya Sanza and Fuwa Banzaemon fighting on a set of stone steps leading up a grassy slope. Sanza was banished by his clan after a valuable sword in his care was stolen by the evil Banzaemon. In the center, Sanza grimaces with rage as he grips his sword, his feet spread firmly apart. At right, Banzaemon frowns angrily as he holds his weapon upright. At left, the ladies's maid Iwahashi leans forward with a slightly worried expression as she tucks up the ends of her obi, which features a burnished geometric pattern on the black areas. Bando Mitsugoro appears as Iwahashi and Ichimura Kakitsu plays Banzaemon. A handsome design with an interesting setting.

Artist - Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

Image Size - 14" x 28" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels. Slight thinning at edges, a few losses and holes, two large tears, repaired. Slight toning, soiling, and creasing, slight paper remnants at side. Please see photos for details.

Swordfight on the Steps, 1865 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)
Swordfight on the Steps, 1865 by Kunisada II (1823 - 1880)

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